Skills - Third Sector to launch online resource allowing charities to find training opportunities

Charities and training providers can register with Skills Platform before its launch on 2 December

Skills Platform
Skills Platform

Charities and social enterprises can register to use a new online resource that will allow organisations to search and compare training opportunities.

The workforce development charity Skills – Third Sector is providing the Skills Platform, which it describes as "an interactive online skills marketplace".

The platform, which is being supported by £1m of funding from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, is being set up to address skills gaps in the sector and allow charities and social enterprises to compare offers and work together to find well-priced local training, the charity said.

The platform will allow users to select the categories of skills they want to develop and flag up any skills they can offer others.

Skills – Third Sector said that charities and training providers could register with the site before its launch on 2 December.

From 21 October, training and skills providers will be able to create profile pages, which can feature photographs, videos and product descriptions. 

Individuals and organisations looking for different skills and training opportunities will be able to search the platform and make bookings and payments after it is fully operational in December. 

Trainers, consultants, employers and practitioners will be able to make "shout-outs" to request meetings and collaborate with other users to share costs, write invitations to tender or call for help with specific tasks.

Graham Leigh, head of strategic partnerships at Skills – Third Sector, said the charity had spent two years refining the concept of the platform and had received input from more than 500 sector representatives.

"Providers and employers have been telling us that they can’t always find each other," he said. "With enough users, the platform can solve this problem.

"Right at the heart of the platform is an attempt to create a genuinely demand-led environment that enables training providers to tailor their tools and products to the needs of people in the sector. 

"We hope it will improve access to skills development as well as appetite, increase investment from employers and reduce cost and risk for great providers struggling to attract viable numbers."

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