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Asset Skills has welcomed the Government’s new skills strategy, which looks set to keep employer input at the core of training and vocational qualifications development.

Skills for Sustainable Growth and its parallel publication, Investing in Skills for Sustainable Growth, were launched by Secretary of State for Business, Vince Cable and Skills Minister, John Hayes. The strategy sets out their vision for reform of the further education and skills system in order to improve workforce skills, the performance of the economy and engagement in learning.

Investing in Sustainable Growth outlines how Government seeks to achieve its objectives through investing strategically in FE and skills over this Spending Review period. Savings will have to be made, but the Government understands the importance of maintaining high levels of participation and performance and will continue to look to Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) to ensure that Apprenticeship frameworks and national occupational

standards are updated to meet the needs of the facilities management (FM) and cleaning industries in the face of new market conditions and increasing competition.

Richard Beamish, chief executive of Asset Skills, the Sector Skills Council for FM and cleaning, said: “We are encouraged by this announcement. It shows the Government is recognising the role we can play as an SSC in helping employers lead and influence change on skills and training issues in their industry.”

Business Secretary, Vince Cable said: “We are not in a position to throw money at the problem, but even against the backdrop of reductions, resource will be found to expand the apprenticeship programme for adults and support more people undertaking an increasingly respected form of vocational training.”

A copy of Skills for Sustainable Growth and Investment for Sustainable Growth is available to view on the BIS website.

Celebrating 70 years of British Manufacturing in 2011, Deb has launched a ‘Global Range’ of products that are set to revolutionise hand hygiene in the workplace.

With an approach to Product Development that focuses on both Chemistry & Dispensing Technology, the Deb Global Product Range has been carefully devised to meet the specific skin safety needs and cultural diversity of both local and international organisations; the Global Range showcases Deb’s latest technologies, provides ‘best in class’ formulations and rigorously engineered dispensing systems.

Dr John Hines, R&D Director at Deb explains: “Our product development philosophy is to design products which are innovative; fit for purpose and pleasant, easy to use; cost effective and tested to the highest internationally recognised protocols. We are able to do this as we have a world-wide scientific network with in-house facilities for R&D, design, development and manufacturing.”

Formerly a partner in a Truvox distributorship for 25 years, Lesley Davis has been appointed Regional Account Manager for Scotland and Ireland by Truvox International.

Lesley is thoroughly familiar with most of the Truvox range and has been getting up to speed with new introductions to the range, like the Orbis battery scrubber dryer. She also knows most of the Truvox distributors, having been a regular at Truvox sales conferences for many years.

Dr Hines explains further: “Our product and dispensing systems have been designed to incorporate a combination of language neutral iconography, strong visual colours and clear, unambiguous wording which has been applied across all products, dispensers and education materials to visually identify the product type.”

By launching this range of products on a global scale, Deb’s ultimate aim is to motivate compliance with skin safety best practice by meeting specific skin safety application needs that respect end user preferences across geographies. Contact her by email at

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