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The voluntary and community sector provide a range of informal and formal learning and skills opportunties to communities and support individuals into work.

This section will include policy information and news that is useful for organisations providing learning and skills opportunities. It will also look at the training needs of staff and volunteers within voluntary and community organisations.

New learning opportunities to be developed across region

The Workers' Educational Association (WEA) is seeking to develop new learning opportunities across the East Midlands with the theme of Women into Politics, and are now looking for support in developing this work. The opportunities will focus on raising awareness of ways to affect change locally and nationally, different ways to engage with the political process, and advice on how to get involved for women who would like to stand as local councillors or in other active political roles.

Ducks in a Row report published

Ducks in a Row, the final report of the Forward Communities project, which was carried out by New College Stamford and One East Midlands between July 2010 and December 2011, has been published. Funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) Flexiblity and Innovation Fund, the project examined partnerships and pathways between the East Midlands VCS and further education colleges. To download the full report visit www.oneeastmidlands.org.uk/publications/ducksinarow.

Skills Third Sector developing new interactive tool for sector

Funded by the government following consultation with the VCS, Skills Third Sector is developing LINKS, a new interactive tool that allows sector organisations to search online for formal and informal training opportunities. The tool will aim to:

VCS to deliver reforms for children with special needs and disabilities

The Children's Minster Sarah Teather has announced contracts for VCS organisations to help deliver key reforms to support children with special educational needs and disabilities, and their parents. The Department for Education is providing around £6million a year for two years for the contracts, which will see the contractors:

How can the VCS tap into FE college funding opportunities...?

Thursday, 13 June, 2013 - 09:30 to 13:00

Would you like to support VCS organisation to access contracting/partnership bidding opportunities with FE Colleges? Want to find out more about contracting processes, sub-contractor/partner compliance requirements, and how to access tender opportunities?


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