Training and Skills Development
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since September 2020 153 people have participated in our ILM level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management and the learning has made a real difference to their leadership practice.
We are delighted to be working with a range of partners to deliver a Communication Training Series over the next few months.
We are still a long way off discovering our brains' full potential - there is so much for us to tap into to make life and work easier, happier and less stressful. The key to creating change is becoming more aware of how our brains work.
On 8 September 2023 the first ever NI census of adult learning provision, delivered in connection with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector in NI was launched in the Long Gallery in Stormont
Much of this year has been about looking back.
Looking back and rightly recognising the impact and contribution of our sector to The Good Friday Agreement and the lasting peace which has followed.
As part of our Future Thinking Series, we are excited to be working with partners to deliver a series of digital workshops and seminars in October 2023.
On 15 June NICVA and The Wheel launched the new International Fund for Ireland (IFI) pilot programme - Transforming Local Leadership, with two information sessions for all IFI funded organisations.
Free training and bespoke mentoring is available through NICVA, as part of a programme of support for recipients of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Cancer, Carers and Mental Health Funds.
On 21 April graduates from Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) gathered in NICVA to celebrate their achievements.
We are holding five regional Cost of Living workshops in partnership with local networks in April and May.
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ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management
14 Dec 2023 - 10:00 to 11 Apr 2024 - 16:00
ILM Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers - online
16 Jan 2024 - 10:00 to 20 Feb 2024 - 13:00
Tools for thriving workplaces with Neuro Creative Studio
18 Jan 2024 -
10:00 to 13:00
Podcasting Accelerator Course - online
31 Jan 2024 - 10:00 to 1 Feb 2024 - 13:00
Managing the Media with Sarah Travers
12 Mar 2024 -
09:30 to 16:30
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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.
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.