We are cultivating a community of practice for shared curriculum development in which the user community, policy makers and academics all participate in improving, updating & creating new resources via OpenLearn. The resources we are beginning with are for trustees, and our first stage is to explore existing education & training resources, particularly in relation to the National Occupational Standards published by Skills Third Sector.
This collaboration forms part of Higher Education’s relationship with a sector that currently employs 778,000 people, an increase of 6.5% over the last year. As the UK Government’s ‘Big Society’ policy aims to further promote the voluntary sector by giving them a greater role in public services, this initiative aims to provide innovative education that equips people to perform these new roles.
The OU is represented in this collaboration by Project Officer Lois Thorn, Assistant Regional Director Meriel Lee & regional academic Tony Coughlan.