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.**

In 2022, 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.

This training will give you an understanding of the key skills and knowledge you need to perform the rose of Designated Person for Safeguarding in your organisation.

Next Date: Friday 27th October – 1pm

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Participants will build an understanding on the importance of safe food handling practices and keeping foods safe. This training will award the QA Level 2 Award in Food Safety in Catering.

Next Date: Monday 30th October – 9:30am 

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This course of 4 sessions are for anyone who supports and manages volunteers and would like to take time to reflect on their own practices.

Next Date – Wednesday 8th November – 1pm 

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This session is aimed at people who have experience writing funding bids but wish to develop those skills further.

Next Date – Tuesday 14th November – 1:30pm

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This course is aimed at people who work with Children and want to be able to provide First Aid care. This is the entry-level Paediatric First Aid course. The content of which has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted CPD guidelines.

Next Date – Friday 15th December – 10am

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This session is aimed at people who have little to no experience in writing a funding bid application.

Next Date – Wednesday 31st January – 9:30am

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This course is aimed at people new to First Aid and who wish to become a recognised First Aider in a ‘low risk’ environment such as offices, shops and community centres.

Next Date – Wednesday 7th February – 9:30am

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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 Mark Ferguson, Project Officer, on 01642 733906 or email