Skills - Third Sector invites ideas for new online support resource

Platform is being set up to tackle skill gaps and allow users to compare training opportunities, says Keith Mogford, chief executive of the charity

Keith Mogford
Keith Mogford

The workforce development charity Skills – Third Sector is seeking ideas on how it should develop an online resource to address skill gaps in the sector.

The project, which has a working title of the Skills Platform, will enable charities and social enterprises to compare training and other skills support opportunities. It will also offer a digital marketplace where organisations can look for suitable resources.

One of the functions of the service could be a TripAdvisor.com-style system where people can give feedback on training providers they have used, a Skills-Third Sector spokeswoman said.

Skills – Third Sector has set up a microsite where interested parties can give ideas about how the project should be developed.

The project has been given £1m by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, the non-departmental body that supports sector skills councils and works to increase employer investment in skills.

The consultation period will last for the next couple of months and the service is expected to go live in September.

Keith Mogford, chief executive of Skills – Third Sector, said much of the skill support that the sector needed was available, but finding it could be difficult.

"Organisations and the workforce need the right support in the right place, and at the right time and price. If it doesn't exist, the platform will give people the information they need to create it," he said.

"Our ambition is to create a marketplace that is a viable and long-term solution to the skill gaps in the social sector. We are calling for more organisations to join us in our co-design process and help to develop a platform that meets their needs."

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