NVCO has published a new research briefing on skills, and skills gaps in charities.
The top five findings are:
- Charity staff are highly skilled, with skills gaps less common than in other sectors – but is there a risk that people who face barriers to getting education and experience are being excluded from charity roles?
- The sector’s workforce is 67% female. It’s also older than other sectors, with 38% aged 50+. Only 9% of voluntary sector staff are from BAME backgrounds compared to 12% in the private and public sectors.
- Charities are less likely than other employers to give someone their first job after leaving education. Is it harder for young people to get into the charity sector than other sectors?
- The biggest skills gaps were for specialist skills, particularly at bigger organisations.
- Voluntary organisations were more likely to cite lack of funds as a reason for not providing as much training as they’d like than private sector employers.
Download the full report – Planning for Tomorrow’s Workforce: understanding skills and skills gaps in the sector – here.