Peter Mandelson, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has today (December 11) announced that Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based industries, has been relicensed.
Peter Mandelson, the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has today (December 11) announced that Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based industries, has been relicensed.
Lord Mandelson made the announcement on behalf of the UK Government and in conjunction with the Devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was based on the recommendation of the Sector Skills Councils’ regulatory body, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).
The independent performance assessment on which the relicensing decision was based praised Lantra for many aspects of its work. These included offering effective support to small businesses which dominate the sector and a wide range of sector-specific products and services that support employers and their businesses in the veterinary nursing industry.
Lord Mandelson said: “Employers can be confident that the Sector Skills Councils relicensed today have come through a rigorous assessment and will offer employers the highest quality service in meeting their skills needs.”
The report carried out by the National Audit Office commented favourably on Lantra being employer-led describing Lantra as “a strategically and operationally effective organisation” that has “the confidence and support of employers in its sector”. Lantra’s ability to support businesses and learners across all the countries in the United Kingdom was recognised as a particular strength, and the report highlighted the national teams’ understanding of the needs of the sector and strong level of engagement with industry such as the veterinary nursing industry.
Lantra chairman Gordon McGlone said: “The Government’s endorsement through relicensing is excellent news for everybody here at Lantra. It sends a strong signal that we are delivering a vital service to our sector’s 230,000 small businesses, in what must be seen, without doubt, as a priority sector for UK industry.”
Lantra’s chief executive, Peter Martin, added: “Today’s relicensing success is not just excellent news for Lantra but also for the veterinary nursing industry and all the 17 industries we work with … I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody at Lantra for all their hard work and commitment and thank the veterinary nursing industry for working with us for the same goals. We have a real opportunity now to ensure the future needs of our employers are met.”
BVNA president Donna Lewis said: “The BVNA has worked closely with Lantra during the development of the new Veterinary Nursing Award and Occupational Standards. Lantra staff have worked hard to establish and maintain communication with the veterinary industry. We feel that Lantra, as an organisation, fulfils the role of a Sector Skills Council fully.”
Three other Sector Skills Councils were also relicensed today. They are Skillsmart Retail, Proskills UK and Creative & Cultural. A full copy of the National Audit Office report can be found at www.lantra.co.uk/relicensing.