One function of the DBIS is to build a dynamic, knowledge based economy by drawing together the nation's strengths in colleges' research, science and universities.
The Education and Training Foundation is a new organisation set up to improve professionalism and standards in the further education and skills sectors and was launched on 1 August 2013. It is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and aims to set professional standards and provide support to ensure learners benefit from a well-qualified, effective and up-to-date professional workforce supported by good leadership, management and governance.
IfL is the professional body for teachers, trainers, tutors and student teachers in the Learning and Skills sector. In July 2014 it voted to close and it will cease to operate in autumn 2014, with its legacy and assets passing to the Education and Training Foundation.
Inspects and regulates to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.
It is an agency of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and funds and regulates adult FE and skills training in England.
Recent organisations in the sector:
Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS)
Formed out of merger between CEL and QIA from 1 October 2008. Ceased to operate 31 July 2013.
Standards Verification UK (SVUK)
SVUK endorsed generic ITT qualifications for the lifelong learning sector and managed other services to support workforce development. It ceased operations on 31 March 2011.
Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK)
Was the independent employer-led sector skills council responsible for the professional development of all those working in community learning and development, further education, higher education, libraries, archives and information services, and work based learning across the UK. Closed 31 March 2011 and transferred work to LSIS.
Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA)
It maintained and developed the national curriculum and associated assessments, test and examinations. Closed 31 March 2012.