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E-skills UK, the public/private sector partnership responsible for tackling IT skills shortages in the UK has shrugged off...

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E-skills UK, the public/private sector partnership responsible for tackling IT skills shortages in the UK has shrugged off concerns that delays in the government's training reforms will jeopardise support from employers.

Karen Price, chief executive of E-Skills, said that despite four months "in the wilderness", she was confident that the partnership would win funding as one of the first new sector skills councils in April.

The creation of a sector skills council for IT promises to give employers more say in government training policy, and the role of colleges, universities and schools in IT training.

The programme ran into controversy early last year, when concerns were raised that employers would withdraw their support, unless the sector skills councils were approved quickly.

Although no sector skills councils have yet been approved, Price said E-Skills UK was being treated in an "exemplary manner" by the Sector Skills Development Agency, which is driving the programme. "I feel I am glowing with what the skills council is to become. More and more employers are coming on board," she said.

E-Skills UK is urging employers to take part in a programme that aims to make sense of the myriad of IT user qualifications available. The programme aims to help employers identify what training is suitable for staff.

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