Learning needs not met, says research

Voluntary sector representatives in local strategic and area partnerships do not have access to appropriate training or learning opportunities, research from Navca's Improving Local Partnerships Unit and the Workforce Hub has found.

Skilling Up for LSPs – research on leadership skills for effective strategic representation reveals that training is often focused on local structures and policy or local political context instead of negotiation skills or strategic representation.

Kate Housden, manager of the Improving Local Partnerships Unit, said everyone working at a strategic level needed a basic set of skills and that not everyone on that level in the third sector was afforded that opportunity.

“This research sets out core competencies and provides recommendations as to how the learning needs can be addressed,” she said.

Mark Freeman of the Workforce Hub said the research raised awareness of the need for learning opportunities in the sector. “We want to try to develop a mechanism for whoever is sitting on a council to be able to reflect the views of the voluntary sector and then feed that information back to the sector,” he said.

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