No new themes for hub replacements

Capacitybuilders has rejected calls to add themes covering workforce and IT support to the nine national ChangeUp programmes that will replace the hubs next year. The organisation has instead pledged additional funding of up to £1m to projects supporting IT and workforce issues, via a separate learning and innovation programme.

Organisations including umbrella bodies NCVO and Navca had called on Capacitybuilders to reinstate themes connected with workforce and IT to the nine support programmes that will replace the six national hubs in April next year (Third Sector Online, 11 September).

Simon Hebditch, chief executive of Capacitybuilders, said the organisation’s board had carefully considered adding two programmes to provide support for workforce development and ICT. “The board holds to the view that these areas should not be included in the national support services programme,” he said.

Instead, these issues will be taken up by a learning and innovation programme, which will be separate from the nine planned national support programmes and will be commissioned directly by Capacitybuilders.

“The board has decided to allocate increased funding of £1m per annum to its learning and innovation programme, from which it will directly commission further essential work at a national level,” said Hebditch.

Aspects of the two areas will also be included in several of the nine other programmes, Hebditch said.

Capacitybuilders expects to commission the work, which will start in April 2008, by the end of December.

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