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Government signs agreement on access to skills, unions and advice
The Government, in partnership with the CBI, Business Services Association (BSA), TUC, acevo and NCVO, signed up to an agreement on access to skills, trade unions and advice in Government contracting on 15 July...
The Joint Statement (which has taken over a year to negotiate) was developed in partnership by the Government, trade unions, business and the third sector and its aim is to improve the quality of services delivered under Government contracts by raising the skills of employees working on these contracts. Public sector contracts have become a core element of the UK economy, accounting for nearly 6 per cent of GDP and directly employing more than 1.2m people.
Stephen Bubb, chief executive of acevo, commented: ‘Developing skills in the third sector workforce is a vital part of our increasing role in public services and I am very keen that the sector makes the most of the opportunities available through Train to Gain. So I am pleased to endorse the Statement.’