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Skills for Justice: Consulting on skills, have your say now!

Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning John Hayes MP, has now launched two significant skills consultations at the end of July. People with an interest in learning and skills have been invited to take part in these consultations, providing an opportunity to contribute to policies that will shape the future.

The consultations have been welcomed by Skills for Justice - the sector skills council for justice, community safety and legal services - who are encouraging the employers they work with to get involved. Police Forces, Fire & Rescue Services, the Prison Service, Courts Service, Probation Trusts and voluntary organisations can, and should, have their say, and they have until 14 October to do so.

Consultations are available now on the Department for Business Innovation and Skills website and focus on two key areas - the future direction of skills policy, and the simplification of the funding for Further Education.

Skills for Justice have themselves welcomed the opportunity to contribute to the consultations and Alan Woods OBE, Chief Executive of Skills for Justice, said:

"The views and advice that government will receive through these consultations will be significant in shaping the future direction of skills policy across England. With huge pressure on employers in our sector to deliver excellent services with limited budgets, maintaining the skills of the workforce is critical. We will work with our employers and other partners to submit our response back to government, making sure that employer needs are at the forefront of our response."

Both consultations are available at www.bis.gov.uk/Consultations/category/open and close for comment on 14 October 2010.

For more information please contact Ally Mogg, Marketing & Communications, on 0114 231 7387 or email ally.mogg@skillsforjustice.com

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Notes to editors

Skills for Justice is employer-led and works to ensure that organisations in the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services sectors have employees with the necessary skills to be productive, efficient and effective. We provide benefits and value for our employers through high quality products and services that meet their needs.

Our Vision

We help our employers deliver excellent services built on the skills and expertise of their workforce.

Our Mission

To help employers and individuals be better skilled to deliver public benefits.

We operate across the UK, with offices in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, working with a variety of employers in Custodial Care, Policing and Law Enforcement, Fire & Rescue, Offender Management, Courts, Tribunals and Prosecution, Forensic Science, Victim, Survivor and Witness Support, and the Children's Workforce. Employers can benefit from our expertise by becoming members.

To find out more, visit www.skillsforjustice.com/mediacentre.

For more information please contact Ally Mogg, Marketing & Communications, on 0114 231 7387 or email ally.mogg@skillsforjustice.com

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