LSC to help sector bid for contracts

The Learning and Skills Council and London Councils are launching a course to help third sector organisations build consortia to deliver large public service contracts.

The £286,000 programme, to be delivered by social enterprises Hackney Training and Enterprise Network and Greater London Enterprise, will focus on what commissioners require from a successful tender.

Angela Berry, economic development adviser at the LSC, said the three-day course was aimed primarily at participants interested in bidding for LSC contracts in London, but would also be more widely relevant.

Berry denied the move was a response to bad publicity surrounding the LSC's decision to sue a small Wolverhampton voluntary group last year for breach of contract (Third Sector, 8 June 2007). "I have not seen any evidence as yet that the third sector has been dissuaded from bidding for LSC contracts," she said.

About 90 places will be available on the course in September. It will cost about £400.

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