Registrations now open for first public sector contract masterclasses

The first in a series of government-funded events set up to help voluntary sector organisations win public sector contracts will take place at the end of March.

Charities and social enterprises can now register to take part in the first two-day masterclass sessions, which will take place in both Manchester and London on 26 and 27 March respectively.

The classes are aimed at charity managers and trustees responsible for tendering, and will focus on areas including writing winning bids, adjusting to changes in the tender process, developing consortia, and profiling and managing risks.

The training is being run by a cross-sector partnership of organisations including the voluntary sector umbrella bodies Acevo, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Navca and Social Enterprise UK, and the private sector companies Capita, Ingeus, Avanta and Serco.

A maximum of 25 places are available for each session. More sessions in other locations will be run over the next year.

Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said:

“The masterclasses are the latest in a series of initiatives that we hope will open more opportunities for charities and social enterprises than ever before.”

Patrick Nash, chief executive of Connect Assist, added:

“It’s vital that charities and social enterprises have the opportunity to pitch for, and win, public sector contracts.

“These masterclasses will provide them with the skills and expertise to compete with private sector organisations for contracts designed to help the people in their communities.”

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