Keeping up to date as a volunteer manager can be a challenge, especially when the job is busy, and time and finances are in short supply. Here are some training options to consider:

Accredited training for Volunteer Managers
WCVA has been working with Learning to Inspire to develop an accredited course which focusses on developing leadership skills for those who have responsibility for volunteers.

New courses for Autumn 2016:
The Art of Managing and Supervising Volunteers (ILM Level 3 accreditation) will  take place:
In Cardiff: November 3, December 1, January 12 2017 and February 9
and in Chester: November 10, December 8, January 19 2017, February 2

The full cost is £1,000 + VAT for the taught programme and an addition £150 for participants  wanting to undertake assessment and obtain accreditation.

A subsidy is available for Third Sector organisations in Wales, making the cost £610 + VAT with the optinal additional £150 for assessment and accreditation.

For more details and to book your place contact info@learningtoinspire.co.uk

What previous participants said
'The course encouraged you to think about all aspects of your volunteers and how they are all individual with individual needs. There is plenty of course material for further study' 

Tom Dyer, who is a volunteer co-ordinator with Disability Can Do has written a blog  Volunteer Management - a learners account about his experience of the course.

Courses delivered by CVCs
Ask your local County Voluntary Council about courses offered through the Courses for Communities programme.

This suite of training, designed to meet the needs of Third Sector organisations in Wales, includes four modules on Volunteer management: 

4a) Introduction to Volunteering,
4b) Preparing for Volunteers
4c) Volunteer Recruitment, selection and induction
4d) Getting the best from you volunteers 

Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services (CAVS) offers a five day course An Introduction to Volunteer Management which includes an optional Agored Cymru accreditation, valued at 6 Credits at level 2 or 3.  The training is designed for anyone whose role involves managing or Co-ordinating volunteers.

Courses available from other providers:
Online and distance learning options

You may like to check out the following options which can be accessed from anywhere in Wales.

Introduction to Managing Volunteers - Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd
A new online course is availableaimed at new or semi -experienced managers. Course start dates and fees are publicised on the website. Courses last for a 2 month period and involve individual study with personal tutor support.

Am training offers bespoke training for organisations in volunteer management and the Lantra Awards Distance Learning  course (Level 3).

Excellence in Volunteer Management, based at Warrington Volunteer centre, offers ILM accredited training at Level 3 and Level 5. A Level 5 course has newly been introduced.

DIY training resources
These resources may be of use if you want to put together your own training course for staff or volunteers.

Volunteer Solutions
Volunteer Solutions produce a range of training packs which you can purchase online to deliver your own in-house courses.  Amongst them is a new pack 'First Steps to Successful Volunteer Management - a complete resource to deliver a one day training course covering the basics of managing a successful programme', priced at £22.

The Open University offers a couple of courses which are freely available under Creative Commons Licence. This means that content can be reused , adapted and embedded within your own courses:

Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market available in Welsh and in English.

Introducing the Voluntary Sector, available in English only

If you have a general inquiry about training in volunteer management, please contact Helpdesk 0800 2888 329.