Skills - Third Sector receives £250,000 grant from Office for Civil Society

Keith Mogford, chief executive of the skills body, says the grant will help to ensure that the sector has people with the right skills to be effective

Keith Mogford
Keith Mogford

Skills – Third Sector, the charity set up to improve the skills of the voluntary sector workforce, has been given a £250,000 grant from the Office for Civil Society for the current financial year.

The organisation, which was set up in 2008, received funding of £250,000 in 2011/12 from both the OCS and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, a non-departmental public body, but there was uncertainty over what would happen once that ran out in March.

However, Skills – Third Sector, which had an income of £1.2m in 2010/11, announced yesterday that the OCS would provide £250,000 funding for the current financial year.

The charity also announced last week that it would receive funding of about £1m from UKCES over two years from September to develop and launch Links, an online skills platform that will offer skills development support to third sector employers.

The new project is expected to be available for use in early 2013, Skills – Third Sector said.

A statement from the organisation said the OCS funding would enable it "to continue to work with employers to raise ambition on skills in the third sector and to generate solutions to meet the workforce skills needs of employers".

It said the organisation would continue to carry out research to establish a better understanding of the nature of the third sector workforce and plan for how future skills gaps in the voluntary sector could be met.

Keith Mogford, chief executive of Skills – Third Sector, said: "This grant will help to ensure that voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations have the people with the right skills to be effective and resilient in meeting the changing needs of society."

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