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Skills Funding Agency: Manpower

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 30 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many staff will transfer from the Learning and Skills Council in 2010 to work for the Skills Funding Agency in each region of England. (272255)

As we informed the hon. Member in December 2008 there will be some 3,300 full time equivalents in the new structures in 2010, which is in line with existing LSC staffing levels. The Skills Funding Agency (SFA) will be an agency of DIUS and will have approximately 1,800 posts, including the 400 posts in the National Apprenticeship Service.

Of these 1,800 posts a significant number are forecast to be based in the regions, around 1,300 in total. These staff will work across a range of functions, including national functions such as the National Apprenticeship Service. Current planning assumptions are that each region will have a minimum of 120 posts. The LSC is managing a transition programme that will establish shadow structures by September 2009, at this point we will be able to provide further detail on the staffing levels in each region.