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
• CIEH courses for groups including first aid, health and safety, risk assessment and food safety
• 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.

Education and Training course

We are running and Education and Training course which will take place over 5 all day sessions starting Thursday 11th January and continuing on the following Thursdays 18th  & 25th January, and 1st and 8th February.   

The course content will cover the following: 

The Ascentis Level 3 Award in Education and Training is an introductory teaching qualification. The award is appropriate for teachers, tutors and trainers who  may be working within an FE college, Adult and Community Learning Centre or Learning Provider and for those delivering work based training such as within voluntary, community, private and public organisations.  This is also useful for those who want to/already work with young people by planning sessions/activities for example as this will allow you to develop your skills in preparation, delivery and evaluation methods.


The aims of the qualification are to enable learners:

1.    To understand the roles and responsibilities in relation to teaching

2.    To understand appropriate teaching and learning approaches within the candidate’s specialist area

3.    To plan, deliver and evaluate micro-teaching sessions or assessed practice in a real work environment

4.    To understand the use of assessment methods and record-keeping

If you, or anyone in your company, are interested in taking up a place on the course please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as the places are limited. 

There is the opportunity to participate in this course free as we have ESF funding strands for those who are employed or volunteers however, we would need to ensure eligibility with the funders for the course prior to the course start date.  The course is open to anyone that has already undertaken a course with us as we would have evidence to support their eligibility already on file.  

If anyone is not eligible for funding there would be a cost of £336.00 per person.


Training for VCSE front line workers on the roll out of Universal Credit

The roll out of universal credit (UC) is underway. To help front line workers understand the implications of this and enable them to support their clients PCDT/CRCC are working with the Child Poverty Action Group to deliver a one day training programme which developed around experience emerging from areas where UC full service is operating. Participants will learn who is affected and how best to support them, particularly those who are vulnerable or in difficult circumstances.

Training will take place on 31st January 2017 in Truro



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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