LIVERY COMPANIES SKILLS COUNCIL
Training in the practice and theory of our crafts and trades is still one of the prime objectives of the Livery movement, as it has been for hundreds of years. The Livery Companies Skills Council serves the Livery by promoting excellence in skills across the Livery, maintaining a dialogue with policy makers in Government and industry, engaging with Sector Skills Councils and bodies to establish sound training frameworks, securing adequate funding for apprenticeships and vocational training, providing contacts for advice on training and career development, and strengthening the historic links with City & Guilds.
The LCSC has almost 60 members representing over half the Livery Companies who are concerned with supporting a high standard of training in their selected trades and skills. The Council has contributed to various reviews and Government reports, and considered other issues in depth. They established a Master Certificate Scheme to recognise the enormous contribution individuals can make to their trades and crafts.
An issue of increasing concern to the members was the lack of real progress towards a level playing field for those skills and trades on which small, often craft, businesses relied, and the particular absence of world class qualifications. The Livery Companies Apprenticeship Scheme was born out of this particular interest and the LCSC took the opportunity to submit an application to the Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot Scheme. Specifically LCAS was designed to test the feasibility of developing apprenticeships for specialised trades in small and micro businesses.