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LSC group to focus on voluntary & community sector

The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) has launched a new advisory group to focus on the Council's work with the voluntary and community sector (VCS). The group will advise the LSC on working in partnership with the VCS and implementing its 'Working Together Strategy', produced in 2004.

Ten people working across the VCS have been appointed and will be members of the advisory group for three years. The group works under the Equality and Diversity Committee and is part of the LSC's National Council.

Chairman of the LSC, Chris Banks said: "I am delighted to announce the formation of the LSC Advisory Group. Its ten members, who have wide ranging experience, and are all experts in their fields, will provide valuable advice and guidance to the LSC on the way that we work with voluntary sector organisations.

"We are keen to engage more and work better in partnership with charities and other voluntary organisations that do such vital work in helping people in need. The group's guidance will help us to work in partnership with these organisations to provide education and training opportunities to those who need them most."

Shirley Cramer, chief executive of Dyslexia Action who will chair the group said: "The formation of this advisory group signals the LSC's serious commitment to working more closely with the voluntary sector and I am thrilled to have been invited to chair it.

"We have a great team on board and will be working on improving the links between the sector and the LSC as well as encouraging better partnership working."

The LSC recently ran a seminar organised by the Centre for Public Policy Seminars on 'Realising the potential of the third sector for learning, skills and employment'. The seminar, attended by the skills minister Phil Hope MP, examined the contribution of the Third Sector (voluntary and community organisations, social enterprise, credit unions, faith groups and others) to the economy, the contributions the sector can make to learning, skills and employment, and the ways that it can be financed in order to realise its potential. The LSC said the outcomes of the seminar will be used to strengthen the work it does with the VCS.

The LSC Advisory Group will meet quarterly to advise the LSC on working in partnership with the VCS and implementing its Working Together Strategy (2004).

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