Share

Charities say cuts to training budget could threaten service provision

Charities say cuts to training budget could threaten service provision
News

Charities say cuts to training budget could threaten service provision 1

Governance | Vibeka Mair | 6 Mar 2012

New research by Lasa has found that almost nine in ten charities are worried that the quality of service given to their clients will be affected by cuts to training budgets over the next decade.

Lasa quizzed 446 charity professionals on their training budgets and found 76 per cent felt that training and professional development were absolutely necessary for them to do their jobs well.

But, 86 per cent are worried that cuts to their training budget will affect the quality of service to their beneficiaries over the next ten years.

Nearly half (49 per cent) told Lasa that their organisation didn’t have a dedicated training budget for volunteers and staff to support the Big Society agenda, with a further 34 per cent saying that they “weren’t sure”.

Terry Stokes, Lasa’s CEO said “It’s important that in times of austerity, third sector leaders do not overlook the need to make provision for training and developing their most important asset, their staff. Our survey shows clearly how they are concerned about the knock-on impacts to services and more importantly, the clients who receive those services.”

Other key statistics from the survey include:
• Almost 74 per cent said that budget cuts were the main barrier to accessing training, whilst over half (53 per cent) cited ‘lack of time.’
• Over two thirds (64 per cent) of respondents said that their charities use e-learning.
• 65 per cent of respondents felt that a minimum number of hours of formal learning and development should be mandatory for charity staff due to the potential impact of charities’ work on the vulnerable and wider society.

James McHugh
Skills - Third Sector
8 Mar 2012

The recent survey by LASA raises some very good points about the importance of learning and development activity for both the quality of services which a charity delivers and to individual staff and volunteers in the sector.

In addition to this, we need to encourage further discussion about how charities consider learning and development activity in a more strategic manner. This covers more than just the amount of time spent training but also the quality of the training, how it is integrated into a charity's work, as well as how it fits in with the learner's skills and interests. We should also take time to reflect upon what particular skills might be required in the sector in the future and how these might be best developed.

LASA's research also highlights some of the well-known difficulties encountered by charities when it comes to accessing the right type of training, including blended learning. **content removed, please refer to community standards**

Comments

[Cancel] | Reply to:

Close »

Community Standards

The civilsociety.co.uk community and comments board is intended as a platform for informed and civilised debate.

We hope to encourage a broad range of views, however, there are standards that we expect commentators to uphold. We reserve the right to delete or amend any comments that do not adhere to these standards.

We welcome:

  • Robust but respectful debate
  • Strongly held opinions
  • Intelligent relevant discussion
  • The sharing of relevant experiences
  • New participants

We will not publish:

  • Rude, threatening, offensive, obscene or abusive language, or links to such material
  • Links to commercial organisations or spam postings. The comments board is not an advertising platform
  • The posting of contact details for yourself or others
  • Comments intended for malicious purpose or mindless abuse
  • Comments purporting to be from another person or organisation under false pretences
  • Gratuitous criticism, commentary or self-promotion
  • Any material which breaches copyright or privacy laws, or could be considered libellous
  • The use of the comments board for the pursuit or extension of personal disputes

Be aware:

  • Views expressed on the comments board are left at users’ discretion and are in no way views held or supported by Civil Society Media
  • Comments left by others may not be accurate, do not rely on them as fact
  • You may be misunderstood - sarcasm and humour can easily be taken out of context, try to be clear

Please:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to express your opinion and respect the right of others to express theirs
  • Confine your remarks to issues rather than personalities

Together we can keep our community a polite, respectful and intelligent platform for discussion.

Free eNews

Two-thirds of charities concerned about post-election funding cuts, says survey

24 Apr 2015

Two-thirds of charities, surveyed by accountancy firm Baker Tilly, have said that they fear reductions...

Retail charity bond raises £27m and closes early

23 Apr 2015

A retail charity bond offer for Hightown Praetorian and Churches Housing Association closed early after...

High Court refuses judicial review over Camphill Village Trust human rights dispute

23 Apr 2015

Camphill Village Trust residents and co-workers have formed a community branch of Unite the union, as...

'Wacky' fundraising activities rise by more than 200 per cent, says Virgin Money Giving

24 Apr 2015

Fundraisers are going further than ever before to encourage sponsors to part with cash, according to research...

Comic Relief launches grants programme for digital projects

24 Apr 2015

Comic Relief has launched Tech for Good, a new grants programme to help charities run digital projects...

Tower Hamlets grants-for-votes mayor found guilty of electoral fraud

23 Apr 2015

Lutfur Rahman, the former mayor of East London borough Tower Hamlets, was yesterday found guilty of electoral...

Charities 'need a complete culture change' for digital transformation, says report

24 Apr 2015

Digital teams need to develop better relationships with colleagues in IT and elsewhere in the organisation...

Comic Relief launches grants programme for digital projects

24 Apr 2015

Comic Relief has launched Tech for Good, a new grants programme to help charities run digital projects...

A third of Britons donate to charity by text message, reveals survey

23 Apr 2015

Over 30 per cent of Britons donate to charity by text message and 61 per cent now donate through online...

Join the discussion

Twitter
 
Training

Attending our one day courses is a highly effective way of ensuring new and existing trustees fully understand their role, responsibilities and liabilities.

>> Find out more <<