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Training Resources

Updated 20/5/13

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Useful resources to help those responsible for organising training.


Web Sites

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:

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:

The Training Journal has an online discussion forum for the 'learning and dvelopment community'.

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development for professional personnel practitioners. There are resources for trainers (Topics for Trainers eg Dealing with difficult people) online. They detail short courses as well as professional study for qualifications, but they arent cheap. You will need to register as a guest to access most of the info on the site. CIPD House, Camp Road, London, SW19 4UX, phone 020 8971 9000, email:

Industrial Society Learning and Development (now part of Capita Learning and Development) runs a lot of courses designed to raise working standards, but at commercial rates (no discounts for charities that we could find).

Work-related Learning Initiatives/Campaigns

Skills Councils took over from the various NTOs (National Training Organisations) for different sectors.

The Skills-Third Sector site may be helpful.

Sector Skills Councils for relevant areas include:

Occupational Standards, accreditation

Check out Skills Third Sector for info on National Occupational Standards (NOS). Some already developed or in process are ones for Fundraising, Managing Volunteers, Trustee/Management Committee, Community Development, Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. We need to locate current links, but the Management Standards Consultancy may have some useful ones.

Management Standards Centre Standards developed "with the help of thousands of managers in all types of organisations and represent the acknowledged best practice indicators for management at every level."

Courses run by/for voluntary organisations may be able to be accredited (rated for educational awards, such as NVQ levels) by various boides. 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?'

The Learning Skills Council covers England.

Lifelong Learning is supported and closely connected with DfEE Individual Learning Division, with news and developments in this area.

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.