Charity workers fear cuts to training will harm quality of services, says survey

Terry Stokes, chief executive of Lasa, says it is important that charity leaders do not overlook the need for staff development

Terry Stokes
Terry Stokes

Charity workers fear that cuts to training budgets could harm the quality of their services, according to a survey by capacity-building charity Lasa.

A report based on an online survey of 446 UK charity professionals, carried out in December and January and published yesterday, says that 86 per cent of voluntary sector workers think the quality of support and advice they deliver could deteriorate in the next decade as a result of a difficulty in accessing training.

Almost three-quarters of respondents say that budget cuts are preventing them from getting training and development, while more than half believe lack of time is a barrier to training. Seventy-six per cent think training and professional development is "absolutely necessary" for their jobs.

Sixty-five per cent of respondents agree that "given the potential impact of charities’ work on the vulnerable and wider society" a minimum number of hours of formal learning and development should be mandatory for charity staff.

Terry Stokes, chief executive of Lasa, said: "It’s important that in times of austerity third sector leaders do not overlook the need to make provision for training and developing their most important asset, their staff."

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