SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being. The organisation’s vision is more people, better skilled, better qualified. It is recognised by government as an independent, employer-led organisation whose role is to ensure that the skills system is driven by the needs of employers.
SkillsActive’s aim is to achieve its mission of delivering the workforce for the nation’s well-being by engaging employers, registering individuals and endorsing providers.
The organisation has a number of associated brands; the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure (NSA) which sits within SkillsActive and delivers key projects aimed at employers; the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) identifies individuals in the fitness industry as qualified and recognised professionals; Caravan Industry Training (CITO) sets standards for the caravan industry; and HABIA, the government appointed sector skills body and industry authority for hair, beauty and spas.
SkillsActive carries out labour market intelligence; sets standards; and approves qualifications for the sport and fitness, outdoors, play, caravans, hair, and beauty industries.
SkillsActive also endorses sector training providers; registers professionals – including REPs (the Register of Exercise Professionals) which celebrated its 10th anniversary in March 2012; and operates the innovative activepassport digital skills record.
SkillsActive works closely with the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (DBIS) to access current skills funding for the 100,139 businesses and 2.9m workforce that make up its complete sector.