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Employers Urged to Get Involved in New Skills Academies

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Employers are being called upon to help expand the National Skills Academy network, as the third round of applications gets underway.

The network aims to offer employers a way of influencing the types of training and method of delivery in their chosen field.

Skills Minister, Phil Hope MP said: "The Leitch Review of Skills recognises the role that the National Skills Academies will play raising demand for skills from employers and learners. Employers have the critical role to play as sponsors, providing a clear vision, strong strategic leadership and funds for sustainable development."

The Government aims to have 12 National Skills Academies up and running by 2008.

Academies for the Construction, Financial Services and Manufacturing industries are already up and running, while Food and Drink is at an advanced stage of development.

In October 2006, the second round of National Skills Academies were announced for the Nuclear, Process Industries, Creative and Cultural and Hospitality sectors, which are expected to be open this year.

The new prospectus is available at www.nationalskillsacademy.co.uk and expressions of interest must be lodged by 5 March 2007.

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