Welcome to PCDT's Skills Centre


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Training Courses

PCDT’s Skills Centre can help you gain skills and qualifications in a wide range of subjects.

Currently we are delivering:

• Apprenticeships in Youth Work Level 2
• Programme of study – year long programme for learners aged 16-24 with an educational health care plan or learning needs assessment
• Erasmus funded project – focussed on a train the trainer programme with partners across Europe
• Other courses for groups including: IAG, Award in Education and Training, Certificate in Education and Training, Assessing, Youth Work.

We can also work with voluntary sector organisations to identify and provide training that helps them to develop staff skills and knowledge.

Current courses



Measuring impact and social value

This short course will help VCSE organisations to understand how to demonstrate their impact, using a tool that has a robust evidence base.  During the course you will have the opportunity to try the Social Value Engine and to use it on a project of your choice.  You will need to bring a laptop to the training.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course learners will

·         the context of social value and social return on investment

·         How to use social value to measure the impact of their organisations’ work

·         How to use the Social Value Engine as a tool to demonstrate impact

·         How to embed social value into organisational impact strategy

Course details:

Dates: 9th & 16th May (it is essential to attend both days)

Venue:  Truro

Time: 10am to 4pm

Requirement:  Learners will need to bring their own laptop

Cost: £150 per learner




Lone working -  21st March in Truro – in Penzance


Management – This is made up of 2 qualification units which are Understanding Performance Management and Understanding Leadership in a Management role.  This will then have a non qualification unit on Managing Conflict within a team. – 27th March, 24th April and 22nd May


April 2018


Drugs Now – New Drugs, New Trends, New Issues – 19th April in Penzance


To be scheduled


Mental Health Communications


Level 2 Certificate in Learning Support


Mental wellbeing in the workplace



ESF VCSE Capacity building program Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

The project aims to build resilience within VCSE organisations to meet future challenges. Particularly resilience in:

• VCSE leadership to manage change
• Local community organisations to address the increased demand as a result of reduced public spending
• Social enterprises by maximising trading income."

This programme focusses on organisations* as well as your staff and volunteers.

Organisational eligibility:

Must be in the VCSE Sector and have less than 250 employees

Individual Eligibility:

• Age: 16+
• Employment status: Employed or Volunteering
• Geographical: Living or working in Cornwall and the IoS.

Core support your organisation will receive:

• Initial chat over tea/coffee and completion of training needs analysis carried out by our experienced staff
Information advice and guidance for individual staff taking up training
• Accredited training -  through one of our awarding bodies: Ascentis, Highfield, NOCN
• Non accredited training  - staff will receive an in house PCDT certificate

Delivery of training

Training will be delivered at your place of work to minimise impact on staff time (assuming appropriate training space available).
We will agree appropriate dates with you
Training is delivered by a PCDT skills team trainer who will hold appropriate trainer qualifications, subject specialism and vocational experience.

Please note funding isn’t available for support which would involve ‘fit for growth’ courses only.

For more information contact 01736 334667



Penwith Community Development Trust/ Cornwall Rural Community Charity  is part of an exciting European funded Erasmus project which will create and deliver a flexible training programme in 10 learning modules to staff and volunteers within the voluntary, charity and social enterprise sector in Cornwall. 

The training modules have now been written and we are moving into the delivery phase of the project in which we have 12 spaces available for people who would like to receive free training though a blend of taught and self-study (with supporting materials provided) across a range of subjects of relevance to working in the sector. 

Each module is designed to provide an overview of the topic and learners will be provided workbooks to complete which will be the evidence of learning. There are no end tests or formal exams. Alongside the workbook learners will be provided with resources which will help them meet the learning criteria. Wider reading to increase knowledge is encouraged and links to wider reading will be provided. Learners are also encouraged to refer to examples within their own work/volunteer setting.

Certification will be provided for each module completed making this a great CPD opportunity.

Learners will study five mandatory units and in addition will chose two  optional units relevant to their own role.  

The five mandatory units are central to all VCSE organisations.

Module 1 – Key skills for community development and support (e.g. marketing, finance, fund-raising, writing proposals). 

Module 2 – Organisational development and management (e.g. ‘soft skills’, such as people management

and communication). 

Module 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).

Module 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).

Module 5 – Volunteering - development and management  (e.g. key skills for working with community groups and employers to develop, manage and support volunteering activities).

Optional units

Module 6 – Up-skilling - training employers (e.g. key skills for working with employers to build resilience, develop, manage and support apprenticeships and social partnerships).

Module 7 – 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).

Module 8 – Working with older adults not in employment or organization (e.g. developing confidence, working with common mental health and physical health issues in later life, supporting change of career and volunteering).

Module 9 – Working with troubled families (developing and supporting aspiration, safeguarding vulnerable  adults and children, using motivational interviewing skills for change).

Module 10 – Working with clients referred via the Criminal Justice System such as ex-offenders (developing client’s confidence and skills, working with substance abuse and common mental health issues, understanding legal and social frameworks).

To find out more about how you can participate on this exciting programme contact  Tracy Waters (Business Operations Manager) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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