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.


Impact of ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management

NICVA delivers ILM qualifications at levels 3, 4, 5 and 7 to the Voluntary and Community Sector in NI for first line, middle and senior managers. We go back to learners several months later to find out the impact of their learning.

Impact of ILM Level 5 Diploma

Since September 2020 83 people have participated in our ILM L5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. It is encouraging to go back to our learners six months after they complete and find out what has changed.

Highlights from 2022 from Organisational Development Team

The Organisational Development Team has enjoyed serving our members and working with the wider sector in 2022. From the day to day information, advice, support and training to special initiatives we have adapted and developed to meet your needs.

HR training series 2023

Our people are our greatest asset so it is important that they are developed, supported and managed well. This Human Resource (HR) series is for anyone who manages staff in the voluntary and community sector. 

Supporting mental health at work

Mental health issues can affect one in four people at some point in their lives and have a significant impact on employee wellbeing. 

CFNI Funded Groups Explore Wellness and Connection in the Workplace

Thursday 1 September 2022 saw the first in a series of Learning Events, delivered as part of the CFNI Capacity Building Accelerator and Mentoring Programme.

Growing talent through apprenticeships

This blog from Richard Kirk, CEO of Workplus gives an overview of how apprenticeships can work for you in your organisation, and the benefits in terms of retention and performance.


Training for Autumn 2022

We have a wide range of training planned for our Autumn term in NICVA, from accredited training to webinars on topics such as: Leadership, Coaching, Governance, Training and Human Resources.

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


ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management
31 Jan 2023 - 10:00 to 25 Apr 2023 - 13:00
ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management
2 Feb 2023 - 10:00 to 11 May 2023 - 13:00
Podcasting Accelerator - ONLINE
8 Feb 2023 - 10:00 to 9 Feb 2023 - 13:00
Motivating Staff - ONLINE
14 Mar 2023 -
10:00 to 12:30
TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training (RQF) ONLINE
22 Mar 2023 - 10:00 to 7 Jun 2023 - 12:30
Absence Management - Online
28 Mar 2023 -
10:00 to 13:00
Managing staff in a hybrid world - ONLINE
18 Apr 2023 -
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Roisin Kelly

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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