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

The Building Engineering Services Association is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors

The Plumbing & Heating Skills Partnership supports plumbing and domestic heating employers by working with other key stakeholders to facilitate the plumbing and heating industry skills needs and agenda.

The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership is a not-for-profit industry partnership supporting electrotechnical employers to develop and drive the industry's skills agenda.

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) supports the building services engineering industry with information and education services. The 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, prosecution services, policing and law enforcement, and financial and legal services

Skills for Justice is committed to the development of an improved and sustainable workforce across the justice, fire and rescue, Local Government and Armed Forces sectors.

Skills for Security is the UK’s security sector skills body working to improve the skills and standards of professionalism in the security industry by providing access to high-quality training courses and qualifications. 


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the sector skills and industry training body 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 provides careers advice and guidance, promotes apprenticeships, and delivers activities for young people to support the UK’s creative and cultural industries.

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

Food and drink manufacturing and associated supply chains

The National Skills Academy for Food & Drink is the sector skills body 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 body 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 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.

Science, engineering and manufacturing technologies

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.

The 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. 

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 works with the UK’s screen-based creative industries to develop skills and talent.

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

Although every effort has been made to ensure that this information was correct at the time of publication, websites and web addresses are particularly subject to change, which may make the information become gradually less accurate.