Hope confident in training initiative

Phil Hope has said that the Government's programme to train 3,000 public sector commissioners will help deliver the intelligent commissioning called for by the Public Administration Select Committee in its report on the third sector and public service delivery (9 July, page 1).

Hope, who attended the third sector commissioning programme's first round of training days in London on Monday, told attendees: "We need to support commissioning that recognises the wider impact of the third sector and make sure procurement processes are fair to all providers."

Sarah Wood is the director of the programme, co-funded by the Improvement and Development Agency and the Office of the Third Sector. She said it was too early to assess its impact. "Even if we convert everyone on the courses, their enthusiasm might fall on stony ground when they go back," she said.

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