Community Champion Training Programme
The Community Champion Training Programme is an NVQ Level 3 programme that will improve skills for working with clients who have mental health issues and/or other disability, and for working with those who come from troubled families and backgrounds. Through this accredited qualification, we will offer the third sector a common, standard framework for training where none currently exists. The training will include modules underpinned with job coaching and motivational interviewing techniques and will be particularly useful for youth workers and educators in helping young people engage, or re-engage with education and training.
To gain the NVQ Level 3 qualification, each learner must successfully complete 8 modules. Five of the modules are compulsory* because they are central to the organisation and development of third sector organisations and identified as relating to current skills gaps. The remaining 3 modules are optional. Their selection will depend on the key activities of organisations/stakeholders that wish to benefit from training.
There are 20 guided learning hours per module – this is approximately 4-5 hours per week. Some of this time will be spent with a tutor, while the rest will involve learning trough the online ‘Moodle’ (download here the guide to use ‘Moodle’).
1.* Key skills for community development and support (e.g. marketing, finance, fund-raising, writing proposals).
2.* Organisational development and management (e.g. ‘soft skills’, such as people management & communication).
3.* Working with vulnerable groups to encompass mental health and disability (e.g. working with people with long-term mental health problems and young people with common mental health issues).
4.* Developing client’s confidence and motivation (e.g. job coaching and motivational interviewing techniques to aid motivation to engage in employment or education for clients low in self-efficacy).
5.* Volunteering – development and management (e.g. key skills for working with community groups and employers to develop, manage and support volunteering activities).
- Up-skilling – training employers (e.g. key skills for working with employers to build resilience, develop, manage and support apprenticeships and social partnerships).
- Working with ‘NEETS’ – young people not in education or employment
(e.g. developing confidence, working with young people’s common mental health issues, building personal skills).
- Working with older adults not in employment or education (e.g. developing confidence, working with common mental health and physical health issues in later life, supporting change of career and volunteering).
- Working with troubled families (developing and supporting aspiration, safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, using motivational interviewing skills for change).
- Working with clients referred via the Criminal Justice System (such as ex-offenders) (developing a client’s confidence and skills, working with substance abuse and common mental health issues, understanding legal and social frameworks).
Will the program cost me anything?
The program is fully funded through Erasmus Plus so there are no charges for the training program.
What level will I be working at?
The modules are aimed at level 3 (advanced level in the UK) given each module is 20 GLH they are what we would consider an introduction to a subject.
What support will I receive?
You will be assigned a tutor who will be available during working hours to offer you support via email and telephone. We are committed to the quality of support provided therefore the tutor supporting you will have been involved in the project and have appropriate knowledge, experience and a training qualification in order to offer you appropriate support.
Your tutor will agree module submission dates with you at the start of your program in order to manage achievable deadlines, we anticipate the majority of learners will be employed or volunteering and take into account other commitments.
You will have access to the workbook for completion to evidence your learning. The workbook has been designed to lead you to complete activities to meet the learning criteria.
You will have access to resources that will give you the information you need to meet the learning criteria. We would encourage wider reading to increase your knowledge and you can refer to examples within your own work/volunteer setting.
How will completing this training help me in my day to day work?
This training program was designed to support workers/volunteers in third sector organisations who are experiencing similar global issues that could be supported through a training program. You will learn about good practice approaches that we have taken from across Europe to equip you to best deal with those issues in your day to day work.
Are there opportunities for progression?
The modules you will complete as part of this program are an introduction to the subject, they will give you a sound base level of information for the module subject. There are full qualifications available for some of the subjects covered in this program, your training provider can give you information if you would like to access those full qualifications.
How is my work assessed?
Your work is assessed entirely through the completion of the workbook (which may contain activities such as designing a presentation). There are no end tests or formal exams.
What certification will I receive?
You will receive a certificate from your training provider for each module completed, outlining the learning criteria you have achieved.
We do have aspirations for the program to be accredited nationally and we are currently working with OCN London towards that.
What if I have learning needs and need additional support?
We have designed the workbooks in order that they contain minimal text, taking into account different learning styles and needs.
We are committed to supporting learners on this program so If you have any specific learning needs in the first instance speak to you employer/host organisation as you are likely to be completing this program through them or alternatively speak with your assigned tutor.
Please contact [email protected] if you would like to arrange an informal chat about this training programme.