Sector Skills bodies provide strategic leadership for education, training and skills development in specific economic sectors in the UK. They work with the Government, learning providers and awarding bodies to ensure that qualifications meet the needs of employers and individuals.

Professional bodies and associations also provide useful careers and labour market information.

For more information, visit the Federation for Industry Sector Skills and Standards website.

Building services engineering

SummitSkills is the standard setting organisation for the building services engineering sector.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) website has careers information and lists accredited courses.

Chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nuclear, oil and gas, petroleum and polymers

Cogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries.

The Energy Institute's Energy Careers website provides advice and guidance on how to get started in the energy sector.

Energy & Utility Skills is the employer-led UK authority on professional development and employment in the energy and utilities industries.

The National Skills Academy for Power's Think Power website has information on careers and training plus energy industry job and Apprenticeship vacancies.

The Nuclear Institute represents the UK nuclear industry and provides education and careers information.

Community justice, courts services, custodial care, fire and rescue, forensic science, policing and law enforcement and prosecution services

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the UK justice sector.


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry.

The CITB's bconstructive website offers information and advice for people interested in a career in the construction industry.

Craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing, and visual arts

Creative & Cultural Skills is the licensed Sector Skills Council for the UK’s creative and cultural industries, including craft, cultural heritage, design, literature, music, performing arts and visual arts.

Finance, accountancy and financial services

The Financial Skills Partnership aims to proactively support the development of a skilled workforce in the UK’s financial, finance and accountancy sectors across the UK.

Food and drink manufacturing and associated supply chains

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is the Sector Skills Council for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Industry in the UK.

Freight logistics and wholesaling industry

Skills for Logistics is the national research and consultation hub for the logistics industry.

Gas, power, waste management and water industries

Energy & Utility Skills is the sector skills body for the gas, power, waste management and water industries.


Skills for Health is the Sector Skills Council for the UK health sector.

Hospitality, leisure, passenger transport, travel and tourism

People 1st is the workforce development body for hospitality, tourism, travel, passenger transport and retail industries.

The Hospitality Guild portal offers information about hospitality and tourism career pathways, training, employment opportunities in the UK.

The Careers that Move website showcases the variety of career options in the passenger transport and travel industries.

Land management and production, animal health and welfare and environmental industries

Lantra is the industry body supporting skills, education and training for the UK's land-based and environmental industries.


People 1st is the skills and workforce development organisation covering the retail sector. Incorporates the National Skills Academy for Retail.

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) sets standards for training throughout the automotive sector and the governing body for the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) and Automotive Management Accreditation (AMA) schemes.

Science, engineering and manufacturing technologiesThe Autocity website has been designed to offer an insight into the diverse roles available in the retail motor industry.

Cogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries, led by sector employers.

EngineeringUK promotes engineering as a career and offers careers  information through their Tomorrow's Engineers website.

Semta brings together employers and education to focus action on skills in the UK's engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors.

Skills for Security is the skills body for the security industry.

Social care, children, early years and young people's workforces in the UK

Skills for Care and Development  is the Sector Skills Council covering social care, and children and young people's services. 

Skills for Care  is the employer-led workforce development body for adult social care in England.

Software, internet and web, IT services, telecommunications and business change

The Tech Partnership is a growing network of employers creating the skills for the digital economy.

The TechFuture Careers website has information about roles, employers and routes into digital careers, including Apprenticeships and higher education. 

Sport, fitness, outdoors, playwork, caravans and hair and beauty

SkillsActive works with employers and training providers, setting standards for relevant sector qualifications and provide information on career options.

SkillsActive, in partnership with U-Explore, has launched a careers website where you can access information about jobs and careers in the sport and active leisure sector.

TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation, computer games, facilities, photo imaging, publishing, advertising and fashion and textiles

Creative Skillset is the industry body which supports skills and training for people and businesses to ensure the UK creative industries maintain their world class position .

The Creative Choices careers website provides the tools, knowledge and networks to support individuals and businesses to in the creative industries and cultural sector.