CEO of the IT sector skills council, Karen Price, said, "We are delighted that the Government has responded to the recommendations of the Leitch Review by placing employers at the heart of skills development introducing a demand-led approach to skills that focuses on aligning learning with employer needs, and including a commitment to direct funding to the qualifications that best meet those needs."
She said the organisation also supports plans to extend the involvement of higher education in the development of the existing workforce.
"E-skills is already working with universities, employers and others on innovative professional development programmes that focus on higher level skills and employer needs," she said.
Plans for Sector Skills Councils to take an extended role in implementation are welcome, said Larry Hirst, CE of IBM UK and e-skills chair.
"Under the leadership of our organisation, employers of IT professionals across the whole of industry are working together with government and education to ensure that the UK has the information technology skills it needs going forward. The Implementation Plan published today will enable us to accelerate the delivery of our strategy."
The organization also responded to plans to give employers control of the national skills budget by 2010 being dropped. Spokeswoman Tilly Travers said, "It is my understanding that the Government is committed to making the funding for adult skills training demand-led as quickly as possible, but in a sustainable way, supporting colleges and training providers as they implement the changes."