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Catalyst’s Training & Market Development Programme provides a range of training and development opportunities to the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Stockton-on-Tees.

Catalyst believes that the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Stockton-on-Tees is vital in supporting our local communities. We conducted the Scoping the Sector survey in 2019 which highlighted a number of training and development needs from organisations in Stockton-on-Tees. As a result, Catalyst developed a programme that reflected the needs of the voluntary sector. The training sessions intend to develop the existing skills and knowledge of staff and volunteers working in the VCSE sector.

The programme is primarily focussed in four areas; Governance, Capacity Building, Specialist and Generic. This runs during the academic year.

Each course is delivered by skilled and experienced trainers. Wherever possible the courses will be delivered at no cost to the organisations taking part. There will be a charge for accredited courses, however, for organisations working or based in Stockton-on-Tees they will have access to the Professional Development Bursary.

**Please note that while the majority of our courses are free for members of the VCSE sector to attend, a £25 cancellation fee will be charged if you cancel your place within 48 hours of the training taking place or you fail to attend. In cases of training taking place over a number of days, you will be charged £25 for each session missed.**

As a result of COVID-19, Catalyst has undertaken a mapping exercise that looks at the state of the sector and the support that will need to be put in place to help to rebuild and strengthen the VCSE sector. 

This year, 181 people have signed up from 71 different organisations to the Training & Development Programme.

Course Information

Below is Catalyst’s core Training and Development Programme.

Level 5 Leadership in the VCSE Course

Course Starts Wednesday 2nd March.

This is a six module course aimed at new managers in the VCSE and will lead to a level five qualification. As a special course concentrating on VCSE management it is heavily weighted towards the learning and experience that participants have at work. It is aimed to ensure that the development of our leaders of the future is grounded in the realities of their work and demands they face on a daily basis.  Find out more

Presentation Skills
Tuesday 19th July, 9:30am – 12:30pm

This session will teach participants the fundamentals of presenting, including good preparation and different presentation styles. It will also cover the following areas: Planning and Structuring and presentation, organising presentation to suit the audience, how to effectively use visual aids, how to prepare and present data, receiving feedback, dealing with unforeseen circumstances and dealing with a difficult audience. Book Your Place

Emergency First Aid at Work 
Thursday 11th August, 9:30am – 4:30pm

This course is aimed at people new to First Aid and wish to become a recognised First Aider in a ‘low risk’ environment. People applying for this course do not need any prior experience in First Aid. Book your place

Basic Bid Writing
Tuesday 11th October, 9:30am – 12:30pm

The session aims to help participants develop the skills needed to write a successful bid. The session will explore identifying suitable funders, being clear about your aims and outcomes, basic budgeting and a ‘do and don’t’ guide to get you started. Book your place

Food Safety 
Thursday 20th October, 9:30am – 3:30pm

In these sessions delivered by Sprouts (FKA Little Sprouts) , participants will build an understanding on the importance of safe food handling practices and keeping foods safe. Book your place

Advanced Bid Writing
Tuesday 15th November, 9:30am – 12:30pm

The session aims to help participants develop a funding plan and identify techniques for demonstrating their value to potential funders and investors. The session particularly aims to encourage participants adopting a strategic approach to fundraising which seeks to save time and effort. There will be opportunities to share ideas and tips. Book your place

Emergency First Aid at Work 
Tuesday 10th January, 9:30am – 4:30pm

This course is aimed at people new to First Aid and wish to become a recognised First Aider in a ‘low risk’ environment. People applying for this course do not need any prior experience in First Aid. Book your place

Food Safety 
Thursday 23rd March, 9:30am – 3:30pm

In these sessions delivered by Sprouts (FKA Little Sprouts) , participants will build an understanding on the importance of safe food handling practices and keeping foods safe. Book your place

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Suggestions and more information

We strive to deliver training and development opportunities that meet your needs. If you have any ideas for workshops and training or would like to discuss bespoke training for your organisation, please get in touch. Alternatively, if you have any training that your organisation offer and would like us to promote let us know.

For further information please contact Clare Gamble, Strategic Programmes Manager, on 01642 733906 or email Clare.Gamble@catalyststockton.org