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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.

Free membership of re-launched VCS training directory

voluntarysectorskills.com, an online VCS training directory, which aims to provide a fast route to training for the sector through its database of over 200 courses, has relaunched at www.voluntaryskills.com.

As part of its re-launch, the directory is offering one year’s free Silver Membership to all organisations to offer courses and training to the VCS.

Survey providers of learning and skills in the third sector

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has commissioned a partnership to carry out research examining the role of the VCS in bo

East Midlands Youth Alliance launched

In response to the crisis of youth unemployment Derbyshire Learning & Development Consortium has brought together organisations that work with young people to create the East Midlands Youth Alliance (EMYA), co-led by One East Midlands.

One EM member announced as BIS pilot scheme partnership member

Derbyshire Learning and Skills Consortium, a member of One East Midlands, has been announced as one of 15 partnerships across the country have been invited to take part in a pilot scheme that will give communities more power to choose which adult learning courses are available in their area.

East Midlands VCS Workplace Learning Contract

Enable, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCS Learning and Skills Consortium, has secured £1.4million to help employees within VCS organisations across the East Midlands improve their employment potential. The funding will also enable VCS organisations to develop individuals within their workforce to expand their roles or take up new roles that will support their organisation's sustainability and growth.

Unionlearn offers support to VCS

Unionlearn, which has brought benefits to workers and employers across the country for more than a decade, is now looking to take its work into community and non-union workplaces, including the VCS. Over the past 12 years more than 26,000 union learning reps have been trained and 740,000 people have been given training and learning opportunities via their union.

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.


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