Voluntary sector leadership training is poor

Voluntary
public services are suffering from lack of leadership development, says new
research.

The
research, Leadership Matters, published by The Industrial Society’s Campaign
for Leadership and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary
Organisations, finds 63 per cent of voluntary organisations are not providing
leadership initiatives for staff.

Over
70 per cent of chief executives believe the Government should provide funding
to support leadership and professional development in the third sector – as the
voluntary and non-profit organisations is labelled.

The
Government should invest in the professional development of third-sector chief
executives or risk damaging the UK’s public services, warns the research.

Stephen
Bubb, chief executive of ACEVO, said: "The UK relies on the third sector
to provide a large percentage of its public services; of the one million social
carers in the UK, 600,000 work in the third sector. But unless the Government
provides  adequate funds, chief
executives will continue to fail to receive the support they need to develop
their own skills and that of their organisations – and this could threaten the
UK’s public services."

The
research shows that the median amount spent on training and development is only
£600 per year.

By Quentin Reade

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