Improvement and Development Agency wins commissioners contract

IDeA will run second phase of programme to train public sector commissioners

The Improvement and Development Agency has won the second phase of a contract to train public sector commissioners in dealing with third sector organisations.

The Office of the Third Sector confirmed that it has contracted the IDeA, which is owned by the Local Government Association, to run the second part of the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning until early 2011.

A spokeswoman for the OTS declined to reveal the value of the contract, saying the information was commercially sensitive. The IDeA was given £2m of government money in 2007 to run the first stage of the programme.

More than 2,000 public commissioners attended training days during the first stage of the programme, which began at the start of 2008.

Joint training sessions for charities and commissioners, service-specific training for commissioners in areas including health, education and offender management, and advice for bidding charities will be key parts of the next phase, the OTS said.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the Third Sector said: "We'll be speaking to commissioners from phase one and retraining them where appropriate. We shall also be speaking to new commissioners."

Full details of the new phase will be available on the IDeA website from the autumn.

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