<ul><li>The Great Skills Debate </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding skills development across the voluntary and community sect...
Sector Skills Research  <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium of 9 Sector Skills Councils </li></ul><ul><li>500 teleph...
Headline figures <ul><li>5,327 posts analysed. </li></ul><ul><li>78.5% full-time – 71% female. </li></ul><ul><li>Administr...
Headline figures 5,327 500 Total 1.9 5.0 103 25 Skillsmart Retail 7.1 6.6 376 33 Asset Skills - 8.2 - 41 Lantra 10.5 8.4 5...
Do skills gaps exist in the sector? <ul><li>One in ten had difficulties recruiting staff </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of high le...
Where do skills gaps exist? <ul><li>Project management, Administration, Finance, Function Head </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of f...
What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Management skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning and forward planning </li></u...
What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Essential skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Team working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic com...
What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Specialist skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaigning/marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
What is the significance of these skills gaps? <ul><li>Increased workload  </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased ability to take on ...
How do organisations respond?  <ul><li>Further training and development (in-house) </li></ul><ul><li>External training  </...
Training <ul><li>Formal training plan – skills assessment – training and development policy (75%) </li></ul><ul><li>57% ha...
What are the barriers organisations face?  <ul><li>Lack of funds/time/cover for training </li></ul><ul><li>Information and...
Skills for Justice <ul><li>721 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Support workers (with victims of survivors of crime) ...
Skills for Care and Development <ul><li>1,737 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Care/support assistant, social workers...
Skills Active <ul><li>645 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Activity leader, play worker, sports development officer <...
Skills for Health <ul><li>560 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Nurse, health care assistant, allied health profession...
Asset Skills <ul><li>376 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Support workers, project officers, housing officers </li></...
Lifelong Learning UK <ul><li>1,153 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts:   Youth and community workers, delivery and support...
Lantra Lifelong Learning UK Asset Skills Skills Active Skills for Health Creative and Cultural Skills Skillsmart Retail Sk...
Key messages  <ul><li>External factors very important  </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges associated with funding  </li></ul><ul...
Next Steps  <ul><li>Report published January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Skills Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Positive St...
 
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Gordon McCullough from NICVA's overview of the research project funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (and supported by 9 Sector Skills Councils) to an audience of voluntary and community organisations.

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  1. 2. <ul><li>The Great Skills Debate </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding skills development across the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland </li></ul>
  2. 3. Sector Skills Research <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Consortium of 9 Sector Skills Councils </li></ul><ul><li>500 telephone interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Generic/Sector Skills Council specific questions </li></ul><ul><li>Future skills development </li></ul>
  3. 4. Headline figures <ul><li>5,327 posts analysed. </li></ul><ul><li>78.5% full-time – 71% female. </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators, project managers, direct support staff. </li></ul><ul><li>8% of organisations have 25 or more paid staff - representing 48% of all staff. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Headline figures 5,327 500 Total 1.9 5.0 103 25 Skillsmart Retail 7.1 6.6 376 33 Asset Skills - 8.2 - 41 Lantra 10.5 8.4 560 42 Skills for Health 4.4 8.6 238 43 Creative and Cultural Skills 13.5 23.2 721 116 Skills for Justice 11.7 25.4 625 127 Skills Active 32.6 32.0 1,737 160 Skills for Care and Development 21.6 48.4 1,153 242 Lifelong Learning UK % of total staff % of total organisations Total staff Total organisations Multiple responses
  5. 6. Do skills gaps exist in the sector? <ul><li>One in ten had difficulties recruiting staff </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of high level skills in applicants and short-term contracts </li></ul><ul><li>Youth workers hardest vacancy to fill </li></ul><ul><li>88% no skills gaps </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(91% of all sectors stated they had no skills gaps - NI Skills Monitoring Survey 2005) </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Where do skills gaps exist? <ul><li>Project management, Administration, Finance, Function Head </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of funding for training and development </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time to attend or complete courses </li></ul>
  7. 8. What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Management skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning and forward planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procurement/contract management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Managing change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Demands on managers changing </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Essential skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Team working </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic computer literacy/IT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health and safety </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. What are the skills gaps? <ul><li>Specialist skills </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaigning/marketing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human resources/personnel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. What is the significance of these skills gaps? <ul><li>Increased workload </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased ability to take on new work </li></ul><ul><li>Increased costs </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased ability to develop further services </li></ul>
  11. 12. How do organisations respond? <ul><li>Further training and development (in-house) </li></ul><ul><li>External training </li></ul><ul><li>Using volunteers instead of paid employees </li></ul>
  12. 13. Training <ul><li>Formal training plan – skills assessment – training and development policy (75%) </li></ul><ul><li>57% have a training budget </li></ul><ul><li>Average annual training budget = £3,754 </li></ul><ul><li>25 plus employees £200 per head per annum </li></ul>
  13. 14. What are the barriers organisations face? <ul><li>Lack of funds/time/cover for training </li></ul><ul><li>Information and relevance of training courses not an issue </li></ul><ul><li>23% found it difficult to find courses which met staff needs </li></ul>
  14. 15. Skills for Justice <ul><li>721 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Support workers (with victims of survivors of crime) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps: Senior managers/working with prisoners/adult resettlement workers </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needs: Understanding legislation, mental health awareness, managing aggressive behaviour </li></ul>
  15. 16. Skills for Care and Development <ul><li>1,737 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Care/support assistant, social workers, senior care/support assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps: Family centre worker, family aid, outreach worker </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needs: Risk assessment and risk management, communication with service users, working with people with disabilities </li></ul>
  16. 17. Skills Active <ul><li>645 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Activity leader, play worker, sports development officer </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps: Sports development officer, operations/events/duty manager, sports coach </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needs: Activity leadership, first aid, health and safety </li></ul>
  17. 18. Skills for Health <ul><li>560 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Nurse, health care assistant, allied health professional </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needs: Communication, health professional/technical skills, information and record keeping </li></ul>
  18. 19. Asset Skills <ul><li>376 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Support workers, project officers, housing officers </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps: Floating support workers, project managers, facility managers </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needs: Managing challenging behaviour, first aid, safe working practices </li></ul>
  19. 20. Lifelong Learning UK <ul><li>1,153 paid staff </li></ul><ul><li>Posts: Youth and community workers, delivery and support workers, community trainer </li></ul><ul><li>LLUK sectors: Community development, youth work, adult and community learning </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps: Community trainer, head of youth services, professional youth workers </li></ul>
  20. 21. Lantra Lifelong Learning UK Asset Skills Skills Active Skills for Health Creative and Cultural Skills Skillsmart Retail Skills for Care & Development Skills for Justice Lantra Lifelong Learning UK Asset Skills Skills Active Skills for Health Creative and Cultural Skills Skillsmart Retail Skills for Care & Development Skills for Justice Sector Skills Council
  21. 22. Key messages <ul><li>External factors very important </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges associated with funding </li></ul><ul><li>Skills gaps in support services functions </li></ul><ul><li>Management and leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Training is seen as important but not supported </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity of the sector </li></ul>
  22. 23. Next Steps <ul><li>Report published January 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Sector Skills Agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Steps – Skills Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate your views </li></ul>

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