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Community Foundation provides vocational, accredited and non accredited training courses for individuals and organisations.  We offer a range of training programmes and apprenticeships from basic to advance levels for 16-19 years old as well as those that are 24 years and above.


Our organisational training programmes are bespoke models to suit individual organsiational needs.  If you have a specific need, we will be more than happy to talk through your proposed training plan. 


We are regularly recruiting people with relevant background and interest onto our apprenticeship programme. We offer apprenticeships in the following work areas:

  • Youth and Community Work

  • Health & Social Care

  • Business Administration

  • IT


As an apprentice, you will be employed, earn a minimum apprenticeship wage and work alongside experienced staff to gain job specific skills. You will learn in the workplace whilst gaining qualifications and earning money at the same time. You will be mostly based in the workplace; but may on occassion, once or twice a month be required to attend college or a classroom based environment in a chosen place to complete the theory based side of your apprenticeship (depending on your chosen programme). Together, this will help you to gain the skills, confidence and expertise to progress in your chosen specialism. 



If you require more information please email or contact us on 0121 238 3282

National Vocational Qualification


We have a number of free NVQ courses from level 1 to level 3 that we can offer to people between the ages of 16 - 24 years old.  Leaning is provided thorugh a mixture of work placement and classroom based environment.  We offer the following NVQs jointly though our partners:


Management level 3-5

Children and Young Poeple Workforce Level 2 & 3

Business Administration Level 2 & 3

IT level 2-3


If you require more information please email or contact us on 0121 238 3282

Leadership Development Programme
Starting a Social Enterprise
Employment Law
Chairing Minute taking
& Effective Meeting Skills

This unique programme aims to develop leadership capacity.

The key learning outcomes sought are as follows:

  • To develop and enhance participants’ core leadership capacity.

  • To provide an environment for participants to explore their assumptions, ideas and deepen their values and ethical framework.

  • To develop leadership skills to enable communities to participate in wider society.

  • To deepen participants’ self-awareness, self development, reflective practice and emotional intelligence.

  • To increase participants’ political intelligence – their abilities to understand others, their operational environments and to work effectively with complex systems.

  • To develop participants’ understanding of the diversity and dynamics of the community.

  • To increase participants’ interpersonal, political and strategic skills.



By starting your own social enterprise you can be your own boss, address a need in your community, gain skills and experience or address a social concern. This workshop will give you an introduction on where to begin, how to do it, and what to do next.

Legal Structures

This workshop will help you navigate the wide range of legal structures and governance arrangements that enable you to make the right decisions as you take your enterprise forward.

Business Planning

This workshop is designed to provide practical support on how to develop a business plan and prepare for the future.

Introduction to Impact Measurement

This course will provide participants with a clear understanding of what impact measurement is, what is involved and what tools can be used to implement this. To break down some of the jargon surrounding impact measurement and to help organisations get started by considering what they already do and to reflect on what else they need to do

Planning Outcomes

Identifying the outcomes of what you do is an important step on the way to demonstrating the impact your work is having. An outcomes approach helps to focus your work and can provide evidence of the value of your service. This course will:

  • Clarify the meaning of ‘outcomes’

  • Introduce and embed the outcomes triangle as a tool for identifying outcomes

  • Help participants understand the links between aims, objectives, outputs and

  • outcomes and the use of the outcomes approach for planning

  • Provide you with methods to measure outcomes – indicators and data collection

  • ​Use practical examples and exercises to embed understanding

​Employment Law is one of the fastest changing areas of law and it is important that the Third Sector keeps abreast of these changes.

Mistakes and gaps in knowledge can lead to an employment tribunal claim. Last year, the average Unfair Dismissal claim cost almost £9,000 in compensation, and £22,000 in costs, which are generally not recoverable. Apart from the financial cost, the cost in terms of management time and stress can also be substantial. Bluntly, an unsuccessful tribunal case can result in severe damage to an organisation, and even in it having to close its doors.

Community Foundation's latest series of practical employment law training is designed to cover both the new areas of employment law, and the subjects which most often lead to disputes and legal claims.

Termination of Employment
Includes knowing how to dismiss lawfully, and the correct procedure for carrying out redundancies.

Volunteers and the Law
Includes how to manage your volunteers lawfully and whether volunteers have any employment rights, including discrimination rights.

Contracts, Policies and Procedures
Are your Employment Contracts and Policies legally compliant and up to date? Are they as effective as they can be in protecting your organisation?

Sickness Absence, Sick pay and Disability Discrimination Law
This session will demonstrate how to manage staff on sick leave effectively, including making dismissals where appropriate. It will also cover your duties under disability discrimination law.

Equality Act 2010 and Review of Discrimination Law
Includes additional duties this places on employers, and the extended circumstances in which employees may bring a discrimination claim.

Downsizing and cutting employment costs

How to downsize and cut employment costs safely within the law and without ending up in an Employment Tribunal.

​Good meetings don’t magically happen. They require careful planning and organisation. Good meetings are also the result of members understanding their roles and practising good time management.

Course content includes:

  • Why meetings fail

  • The importance of a good chairperson

  • Personal skills required of a chairperson

  • Role of the chairperson prior to, at the start of, during and after a meeting

  • Why minutes are so important

  • How to write “effective” minutes

  • Having a realistic agenda & choosing the right format for agenda items

  • The best place for A.O.B.

  • Creating the correct culture for meetings

  • Being assertive in meetings

  • Managing conflict& difficult personalities in meetings

  • Other tips for creating “effective” meetings​

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