Skills Funding Agency

Skills Funding Agency
Formation April 2010
Legal status Executive Agency
Purpose Further education in England
Region served
Chief Executive
Peter Lauener
Parent organisation
Website Skills Funding Agency
Cheylesmore House, Cheylesmore, Coventry

The Skills Funding Agency is one of two successor organisations that emerged from the closure of the Learning and Skills Council (England's largest non-departmental public body or quango). The restructuring of the English skills system was announced by Gordon Brown shortly after he took office in 2007.

The office of the Chief Executive of Skills Funding was established in law by the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009. The office is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and employees appointed by the Chief Executive are Crown servants, collectively referred to as the Skills Funding Agency. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. Further legislation was passed in 2012, with the Agency becoming an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

The Skills Funding Agency funds skills training for further education (FE) in England. It supports over 1,000 colleges, private training organisations, and employers with more than £4 billion of funding each year.

The SFA's mission is to ensure that people and businesses can access the skills training they need to succeed in playing their part in society and in growing England’s economy. This is done in the context of policy set by government and informed by the needs of businesses, communities and regions, and sector and industry bodies.

The SFA employs around 925 staff at its head office in Coventry and in offices around England. It runs the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service.

In January 2012, Chief Executive Geoff Russell announced his resignation,[1] and on 30 May 2012, it was announced by Skills Minister, John Hayes that Kim Thorneywork had been appointed as interim Chief Executive.[2]

In November 2014, Peter Lauener was appointed as Chief Executive.

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