Workforce Development in the South West Voluntary and Community Sectors:Skill Shortages Study.

Beer, J., Bryant, L., Henderson, H. E., Inman, A., Screeton, J., Strickland, M., Symmonds, B. and Ware, L., 2006. Workforce Development in the South West Voluntary and Community Sectors:Skill Shortages Study. Project Report. University of Plymouth - SERIO - South West Forum.

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The Voluntary Sector National Training Organisation, now the National  Workforce Development Hub, describes the Voluntary and Community  Sector  as  diverse  and  covering  a  variety  of  different  organisations.  Organisations range from traditional charities, to companies that trade to  support their social aims, through to informal community organisations.  The sector also includes federations, or networks of local groups working  under national umbrellas.  Voluntary and community sector organisations  provide  a  wide  range  of  services  and  activities  and  many  of  the  organisations are involved in the delivery of learning, whether through  accredited training or informal learning.  The Government has increasingly recognised the importance of Voluntary  and  community  sector  organisations  and  the  key  role  that  they  play  nationally,  regionally  and  locally.    Initiatives  to  support  the  sector,  underpinned by funding, have been undertaken and the Government has  been  active  in  encouraging  and  commissioning  research  and  strategic  planning  in  the  sector,  in  particular  emphasising  the  importance  of  developing the skills, capacities and potential of the workforce.  Sector organisations generally display a strong commitment to training  and workforce development.  However, in spite of this commitment and  the presence of a high proportion of well‐qualified workers, skills gaps,  that is skills lacking in the current workforce, and skills shortages caused  by recruitment difficulties, are present in the sector.  There are also skills  gaps and shortages in the volunteer workforce.  

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Arts > Sports
Group:School of Tourism > Centre for Event and Sport Research
ID Code:10408
Deposited By:Dr Holly Henderson LEFT
Deposited On:31 Jul 2009 19:23
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:10

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