Body is set up to boost staff skills

The new Third Sector Skills Body has been launched by charities minister Kevin Brennan.

The government body, announced at an NCVO conference in London on Tuesday, will attempt to identify skills gaps and make skills councils more relevant to the sector.

It will be funded with a three-year, £2.5m grant from the Office of the Third Sector and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.

The body will not be a skills council in its own right, but will have a board representing sector employers. It will be hosted by skills council Skills for Justice and be operational by next April.

A spokesman for the OTS said: "Many skills councils already offer training that is relevant to the sector. The workforce development council will bring their work together and influence it."

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