Training Resources - Contents
TrainingZONE is a web based resource primarily for trainers. It also has a searchable training providers listing – we came up with 6 when we searched on ‘voluntary’. You may be able to make use of the Toolkit of resource materials, although the quality and usefulness is likely to vary with author. They review publications, software and other resources.
Suggestions and useful topic pages from Training Zone:
- How to: Carry out an effective Training Needs Analysis. Not the definitive guide for voluntary organisations, but does put this activity in the wider context.
Association for Management Education and Development is a professional network for people involved with individual and organisational development.
Institute of Training and Occupational Learning (ITOL) PO Box 69, Hazel Grove, Stockport, Cheshire, SK7 4FR, phone 0161 483 4577, email: email@example.com
The Training Journal has an online discussion forum for the ‘learning and development community’.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional personnel practitioners. There are resources for trainers (Topics for Trainers e.g. Dealing with difficult people) online. They detail short courses as well as professional study for qualifications, but they aren’t cheap. You will need to register as a guest to access most of the info on the site.
Skills Councils took over from the various NTOs (National Training Organisations) for different sectors.
Sector Skills Councils for relevant areas include:
- Skills for Health – drug and alcohol workers, mental health etc.
- Skills for Care – part of the UK-wide Skills for Care and Development, along with the other social care training bodies for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
- SkillsActive – sport, recreation and outdoor education. Has specific section for Playwork.
- Skills for Justice – criminal, community justice.
- Creative and Cultural Skills. Arts, cultural heritage, etc.
- Lantra, for the environmental and land-based sector.
Occupational Standards, accreditation
Various National Occupational Standards (NOS) were produced by Skills Effect, such as Fundraising, Managing Volunteers, Campaigning, Trustee/Management Committee, Community Development, Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. Try searching for them on the UK Standards website.
Courses run by/for voluntary organisations may be able to be accredited (rated for educational awards, such as NVQ levels) by various bodies. One of the most obvious is a local contact of the National Open College Network. Some examples and more detail may be on the Professional Development page.
Other learning projects
Campaign For Learning runs Learning at Work Day, and has various promotional info as well as pages like ‘What kind of learner are you?’.
LearnDirect provides learning and careers information service and ‘courses using computers and the internet to provide learning at a time and place to suit the learner – home, workplace or at one of the national network of learning centres.’
In Scotland, check out Skills Development Scotland, skills, training and funding advice.
- Choosing and briefing a management consultant or trainer from voluntary sector specialists in the Management Development Network.
- MyTrainingResources publishing training materials especially for the voluntary and community sectors, part of training provider Sahara Consultancy.
- National Extension College (NEC) has various training materials of relevance, for example:
– The Playcare Pack, to which they have added four Level 3 S/NVQ units with titles including ‘Manage information for action’ and ‘Support the efficient use of resources’.
– Voluntary Work titles Stand Up for Your Rights (with FIAC) £12-00, Community Start Up (with Community Matters) £15-00
- Pavilion Publishing are leading publishers of health and social care training materials, who also organise conferences and events.
- Training Journal ‘the publication for learning and development’. Subscriptions phone 01353 654877
- Volunteer Solutions has training packs on such things as Motivating Volunteers, Working Safely, Confidentiality, Managing Change. Phone 01473 822559.