Trusts 'should allow for sector training' when giving grants

Grant-making trusts should be prepared to include a sum for training and infrastructure development when they give money to the voluntary sector, according to a leading academic.

"My biggest argument with them is their failure to allow such costs," said Professor Paul Palmer of the Cass Business School at City University, London. "Nuffield, Joseph Rowntree - they all refuse to finance the sector's infrastructure."

Palmer was speaking at a seminar on training and development organised by Third Sector and agency People Media last week. Eighty-three per cent of voluntary sector managers had no training and two-thirds thought they needed it, he said.

Bill Nuttall, director of HR at Amnesty International, told delegates it was vital for HR managers to play a strategic role in managing change in voluntary bodies.

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