Training and Skills Development

We provide a wide range of training from one-day events to bespoke training packages and online training.

NICVA's training is developed to meet the needs of the voluntary and community sector and includes a wide variety of high quality sessions, all at affordable prices. NICVA members benefit from 30% discount on all courses.

Training is delivered at NICVA, unless specified otherwise, and if there is substantial demand we will run additional courses in other locations across Northern Ireland.

Bespoke Service

Skills development bespoke training is designed to meet the specific needs of your organisation in the most effective and convenient way to maximise the performance of your staff, volunteers and board. We design and deliver bespoke training to you at a time and place that best suits you. You can find out more about bespoke training here.

Training Calendar

NICVA's training calendar offers courses in a wide range of subjects from management to governance and fundraising. Some of the courses are accredited and all of them are competitively priced and are delivered by subject matter experts. We provide a wide range of training courses including online sessions and accredited programmes.

ILM Accreditation

NICVA is an approved centre with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). Courses are offered in Leadership and Management, Coaching and Mentoring and Management of Volunteers. We design and deliver a range of ILM courses — award, certificate and diploma — at levels 3 and 5.

TQUK Accreditation

NICVA is an approved centre with Training Qualifications UK (TQUK).  NICVA are currently offering the level 3 award in Education and Training. We design and deliver a range of TQUK courses as part of our training calendar and on a bespoke basis such as Customer Service and Equality and Diversity.

Skills Development Subjects

Leadership and Management

Developing your leadership and management skills has a positive impact on your organisation from improved delivery of services and increased innovation, to better motivation and retention of staff. We provide ILM accredited courses, as well as one day sessions on topics such as managing staff, planning projects and making presentations.


Developing your governance skills and knowledge will help to ensure that your organisation is governed and led effectively and is aware of best practice and relevant legislation. We provide a range of governance training sessions that can be delivered to your board at a time and place that suits them.


Developing your fundraising skills is essential for the sustainability of your organisation. Our training will help you to consider how to diversify your funding streams and how to be successful in securing resources. We provide a range of fundraising training  sessions to help you be more sustainable as part of our calendar and on request.

Human Resources

Developing your Human Resource skills and knowledge is vital to ensure that your organisation is a good employer, complies with legislation and recruits and retains the right staff. We provide a range of HR training sessions to help you apply HR best practice as part of our calendar and on request.

Train the Trainer

Developing your training skills and knowledge will help to improve the quality of the training you deliver both internally and externally and encourage you to be more creative in your approach. We provide TQUK accredited programmes as part of our training calendar as well as for individual organisations on request.

Data Protection

It's important that your organisation is aware of the legal provisions of data protection law, and can handle personal data fairly and securely. We have developed guidance on GDPR and delivered advice to the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector, and have worked together with the Information Commissioner's Office on a number of issues. We can provide training to ensure that your board, staff and volunteers know how to meet their responsibilities.


Tapping into the potential of QUB students and graduates

Would you like to attract students and graduates to your organisation? This article outlines some ways that you can involve undergraduates and graduates from Queen's University Belfast(QUB) as interns, student placements or members staff.

Finding out about apprenticeships

Have you ever considered taking on an apprentice? Would you like to find out more about it and how it could benefit your organisation

Remarkable Partnerships Blog

This guest blog features Remarkable Partnerships which is a consultancy helping charities create major, long-term corporate partnerships.

Learners' impact stories - coaching and mentoring

NICVA  has been delivering ILM level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring for many years and has trained hundreds of coaches and mentors in that time. In this article we hear from those who have completed their qualification.

New communication training series 2022

NICVA has launched its new communication training series March - September 2022. Working in partnership with Bespoke Communications and Roger Gowdy we are offering 5 courses for staff, volunteers and board members.

FREE Training and learning for 2022

As we approach a new year we may be thinking about new opportunities and the skills we need. There are lots of ways to learn especially now with so many online options. 

FREE Training and learning for 2022

As we approach a new year we may be thinking about new opportunities and the skills we need. There are lots of ways to learn especially now with so many online options. 

Taking training to a new level

Jim Bailie from East Belfast Community Development Association (EBCDA) tells us about the impact of the TQUK Level 3 Award in Training and Education.

Autumn 2021 training calendar

NICVA has a wide range of training on offer for staff, volunteers and board members in the voluntary and community sector. The new dates for the Autumn are now online.

Supporting The Scout Foundation NI

Michelle Magee, is Office Manager at The Scout Foundation NI based in North Belfast. Here, she talks about her experience of working with NICVA.


Building Strategic Corporate Charity Partnerships - 3 sessions
25 May 2022 - 10:00 to 29 Jun 2022 - 12:00
Recruitment and Selection
16 Jun 2022 -
10:00 to 13:00
The power of the case study
21 Jun 2022 -
10:00 to 12:00
Managing the media
14 Sep 2022 -
10:00 to 16:00's picture

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Skills Development Coordinator


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I have developed the skills, knowledge and confidence to build a formalised training package to roll out to staff across NI, I have no doubt this will influence and improve their practice.

Participant on our TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training

This was really very helpful training and I’ve taken a lot of ideas away that I will be able to use. The handouts are really good and will help me to recall all that was done.

Participant on a conflict management skills training session