Learning for Purpose: Researching the Social Return on Education and Training in the Australian Not-for-Profit Sector

Jul 23, 2015 | by
  • Description

This research report addresses the issue of workforce development in the Not-for-Profit sector. It reviews existing evidence from around the world and reports on multiple new studies from Australia which show that investment in training and development can bring social and economic benefits and long-term viability to the not-for-profit sector. The report is for all those interested in the state of 'Learning for Purpose' and how it affects NFP organisations' success in realising their mission and community objectives. The potential to rise from good to great hinges on the people and capabilities within the NFP sector. It is concluded that NFP workforce development is not accidental. If it is well aligned and implemented it is a strategic and central element that every NFP organisation must realise to achieve social change. Key Findings:

  1. Training intensity in the Australian NFP sector is highly variable across organisational size, job role and sub-sector.
  2. NFP organisations that systematically develop their people do better.
  3. Training for NFP key competencies works.
  4. Training NFP key competencies leads to multiple positive outcomes.
  5. Training can deliver positive economic returns.
  6. The lack of money and time prevent needed professional development opportunities.
  7. The needs for developing NFP key competencies vary considerably.