The Improvement and Development Agency, a training body owned by the Local Government Association, was handed £2m of Government money in March. It will train 2,000 public sector commissioners in working with charities and voluntary organisations on public service delivery contracts (Third Sector, 14 March).
IDeA is running a conference today aimed at public sector procurement officers, designed as a dummy run for training with the commissioners.
Sarah Wood, programme director at IDeA, said the initial training day would inform the main process. "We will get feedback on how the training was received," she said.
IDeA expects to have drawn up the list of commissioners by November.