Skill’s demise a loss to learners

7th April 2011

NIACE believes the news, from earlier this week, that Skill – the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities – has closed is a ‘great loss to learners’.

Yola Jacobsen, NIACE Programme Manager, said:

“Over the past 40 years Skill has worked hard to promote equality for disabled people in education, training and employment, working closely with NIACE on policy work and many projects and events. Skill’s demise is a great loss to learners, staff and providers in the learning and skills sector. NIACE would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the Skill colleagues who we have worked with. There is all the more reason now, to take forward this important work particularly in these challenging times.”

Peter Lavender, NIACE Deputy Chief Executive, said:

“This is a great loss to struggling education and training providers, in a time of major cuts. Likewise for every member of Skill and for each member of staff, there is a loss which will blunt the chance of making a difference for disabled learners in further and higher education.”

A statement by Skill following the news can be read online.