Government plans return of guilds and new craft award

Skills Minister John Hayes has signalled a re-emergence of guilds to promote skills and announced plans for a new award for excellence in crafts.

Speaking at the Royal Society of Arts on Tuesday night, Hayes said the sector-led skills system should be re-evaluated to see what role guilds could play.

He said, ‘I know that the sector skills councils, trade organisations, livery companies and others are keen to build on the good work they already do. That’s why the Government will work to establish a circle of guilds to be at the heart of the re-evaluation of the power of practical learning.’

Hayes also announced plans to establish a new award to support excellence in crafts. He said, ‘I think it is right that excellence should be rewarded and the Government will work over the next few months with those working to support the crafts, including the various charities under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales, to encourage and reward excellence in this area.’

Caroline Felton, chief executive of Creative and Cultural Skills, says, ’We are delighted to hear John Hayes reinforce his commitment to the vaue of vocational training and and the importance of practical skills in the current economic environment.’

She adds, ’As the sector skills council for the creative and cultural industries, including design, we have a key role to play in ensuring employers have access to the skills, apprenticeships and training that they need. We will continue to work in partnership with industry to achieve this in future.’

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