Tim Ward, The Learning Curve
Chief Executive – The Learning Curve
Chair – Third Sector National Learning Alliance
Tim Ward is Chief Executive of The Learning Curve, a not-for-profit organisation focused on workforce and organisational development in the voluntary and community sector, and Chair of the Third Sector Learning Alliance, which supports voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) learning providers. He is a champion of the role of the third sector in delivering learning and skills provision, particularly for the most vulnerable and disengaged, and used his Fellowship to explore the challenges of leadership among third-sector providers and how to meet them.
These are difficult times for third-sector providers, Tim explains. ‘The position of third-sector providers in the publicly funded learning and skills system has been increasingly under threat. At one time, over 400 third-sector organisations held direct contracts with the Learning and Skills Council. Now there is barely 10 per cent of that number holding contracts with the Skills Funding Agency and the Education Funding Agency. Most third-sector providers now find themselves in insecure and sometimes asymmetric subcontracting relationships.’