Skills council bids to improve work with sector

The Learning and Skills Council has appointed a social enterprise expert to its Working Together group, which seeks to strengthen its work with the voluntary and community sector.

Mollie Temple has an extensive background in education and is currently chair of Local Care Direct, a healthcare provider in Yorkshire that is mutually owned by its GPs, staff and patients.

Mark Haysom, chief executive of the LSC, said the appointment demonstrated the council’s commitment to improving its working relationship with the sector. “We recognise that there have been some difficulties in the past for the third sector in its contracting with the LSC, but we are keen to move forward with the sector to deliver the highest quality service for learners,” he said.

Earlier this year, the LSC was investigated by the Compact Commission after its widely criticised pursuit of disadvantaged young people’s voluntary organisation Kids in Communication for the breach of a £119,000 contract. The court case cost the LSC £155,000 in legal fees.

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