THE SKILL EXCHANGE UK NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP (SKILL X UK)
What is it? An independent, Not for Profit professional group providing a collective ‘voice’ in direct support of ‘skill exchange’ and aims to encourage the expansion and development of UK HR & Employment policies and process across private and public sectors. Skill Exchange UK aims to create a nation-wide conversation covering the extraordinary social and economic benefits of skill recycling and reduction of skill wastage. Why does it exist? In a changing world is it essential that there is shared vision and co-ordinated planning to find ways to implement essential changes to the world of work. What does SKILL X UK do? On a National and general basis: Skill Exchange UK Partners are a formal and qualified body of individuals representing key areas of work, skill retention and employment. Extending new ideas, opinions and specific programmes to face the challenges presented in today’s complex world of employment. Objectives National • To achieve a significant reduction in UK skill wastage. • To work to increase connectivity between employers looking to cut costs or add skills through the transfer and sharing of employees through secondment, redeployment, career development, re-training or transfer. • To provide leadership and direction for other employing UK organisation to grasp advantage from skill pools, UK employment policy and Union support in the mobility of skilled individuals. The Partnership will create white papers, press opinion and develop ideas & policy recommendations on a variety of employment, skill retention, mobile and flexible working issues.
On a Local and Regional basis: To become a UK network, SKILL X UK must be grown in a form that allows local flexibility and organic development- allowing the overall objectives and aims to be implemented and applied by smaller groups acting in accordance with the National aims but with a more concentrated localised purpose or relevant application aimed at perhaps wider or a more specific result. This may be seen within a regional importance /location or by specific industry or type of regional interest covering or leaning towards specific customisation or application of SKILL X UK activities. However, any new Regional or ‘Local SKILL X UK group ‘ (or “HUB” including local Members/ Regional Partners and Skill Exchange Champions ) must reflect and maintain the spirit as well as the intention, aims and objectives of the National SKILL X UK Partnership. What is a SKILL X UK HUB ? A qualified body of local individuals representing key areas of local employers, local skill retention and areas of local industry/government or representative bodies (founding Members or ‘Partners’) interested in improved employment. Reflecting and applying SKILL X UK’s national aims, each local group will look to develop new ideas, opinions and specific programmes to face the challenges presented within their regions –specific to local employment issues and how they may be effected by National trends or emerging opportunities. Objectives Regional • To find ways to reduce regional skill wastage. • To work to increase connectivity between local employers looking to cut costs or add skills through the transfer and sharing of employees through secondment, redeployment, career development, re-training or transfer. • To provide leadership and direction for other local employers to grasp advantage from skill pools, changing UK employment policy and local industry and Union support in the mobility and exchange of skilled individuals. • Take advantage of opportunities to engage with employers and colleagues in the
Do something practical to support your colleagues: • Run events • Support local groups • Run employment /career / skill based events in local organisations • Promote SKILL X UK to the public • Recruit new members • Enjoy socialising and sharing ideas and SKILL X UK supporting activities with other professionals in the region
SKILL X UK Local HUB Groups must encourage all these aims and activities with their own Partner funding, training and advice. They must manage their regional interests and wherever possible regularly report back through a single point of contact to the national group.
Interested? Criteria for starting a SKILL X UK Local HUB /Group: 1. A SKILL X UK Champion/ Partner- an unpaid individual, being a strong and energetic, professional leader with a good management style /reputation and relevant experience of local business / government or employment with related contacts. 2. The SKILL X UK Regional Chair /Partner will act as an individual who can best represent the aims and activities embraced by a regional Not for Profit SKILL X UK HUB group. 3. This Regional Chair /Partner will be in regular close touch with the National SKILL X UK Partners and represent his /her region at National assemblies or from time to time on Partner events or meetings where appropriate. 4. This role will provide a close and secure point of contact, management and responsibility for delivering SKILL X UK principles on a regional or local basis, and it will be through this key management role that SKILL X UK’s national activities can be voiced and presented regionally and cascaded downwards to be influential locally through HUB Membership. In this way all SKILL X UK local/regional interests can be managed and voiced Nationally (and visa versa). 5. Each SKILL X UK Local area HUB should be based on-line, but meetings can be held as needed to suit either regional capability or more locally according to the needs and activities engaged by the group. 6. The SKILL X UK Local HUBs together should build to effectively represent their regional areas of the UK. 7. The SKILL X UK website will be the voice of the organisation and main place to show and share both National and local HUB activities surrounding SKILL X UK. 8. The website allows Local access and collaboration amongst local Members as well as with National groups and activities. In addition each Local Hub will benefit from their own localbased skill mobility solution- the on-line secondment process for members to share staff within their immediate area and region. 9. The SKILL X UK website is a one place web-portal and all groups must represent and work to achieve Regional, Local and National UK aims and characteristics. Each Local HUB must allow both public facing and privately managed dialogue (selected /decided on by Local Chair / Partners or the National Partnership Group’s approval). 10. Collectively SKILL X UK works together to create a National network of enhances skill mobility and talent transfer. Here are two simplified illustrations of the ‘national to Local’ structures that form the SKILL X UK network.
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SKILL X Q&A NOV12
Q and A for those planning or considering starting a local HUB for Skill Exchange UK.