Commission grants charitable status to skills organisation

Skills for Justice, an organisation formed from the merger of three national training organisations, received charity status last week.

The group combines the Police Skills and Standards Organisation with the Custodial Care National Training Organisation and the Community Justice Training Organisation. It aims to improve the way justice is administered by boosting the skills of those working in areas such as court and prosecution services, and Customs and Excise tax law enforcement.

Skills for Justice plans to contact employers in the sector and find out in which areas workers need skills development. The group will then form national guidelines and help training providers incorporate them into courses.

A spokeswoman for Skills for Justice, Alison Iliff, said: "By bringing everyone together, you find a number of employees are facing the same skills issues. If you work together you can address this in a much more coherent way."

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