Funding scheme extended to cover volunteers

A government scheme that gives funding to organisations to improve the skills of their workforces has been extended to cover volunteers working with third sector groups.

The Learning and Skills Council's Train to Gain initiative has always been available to paid employees in the third sector, but now volunteers will also benefit.

Under the scheme, employees contact 'skills brokers', who will visit their organisations, at no cost, to provide impartial advice and help employers find training programmes that suit their staff.

The programme is explained in a new LSC leaflet, Train to Gain and the Third Sector, which says that training for volunteers would now be subject to the same subsidies as those for paid employees.

Shirley Cramer, chair of the LSC third sector advisory group, said: "This will provide real opportunities for third sector employers to access support, advice and funding to boost the development of their paid and unpaid workforces."

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