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"Excitement building" as proposed merger gathers pace

23 September 2013

The merger of Asset Skills, CSSA and the FMA is progressing following the board meetings of all three organisations in preparation for a final decision on the proposal.

A need to provide better representation is a key aim of the plans and the merger will bring the benefits of all three organisations under the umbrella of a unified organisation.


The merger plans are largely driven by rationalisation within the industry and the current economic climate. The new organisation will provide a hub for the industry and is necessary for training, networking and development.


One of the founding forces behind the merger is Chris Cracknell, chair of Asset Skills. Chris comments: "The excitement is really building for all three organisations and in the industry as a whole. We are pushing ahead to make this merger a success and provide an industry body that is much needed. We are very hopeful that members will vote in favour of the proposals and agree with all of the new benefits and offerings we have worked hard to develop. It is time our industry spoke with a more cohesive voice.”


Talks are continuing leading up to Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM) to be held by all three organisations in early November. Sarah Bentley, chief executive at Asset Skills, comments: "We are reaching the final stages of talks regarding the merger and the benefits of consolidation are really looking strong. We are working on a training offer designed for the workforce entering and moving up through the career pathways of all of the core sectors we represent.


"We have a steering group meeting on Thursday and are consulting widely to develop an employer facing body that adds real value. Further announcements of the details of the merger will be coming soon.”