Professional development

The VCSE Academy structures its learning programmes around key themes and levels so individuals and organisations can take a planned approach to personal professional development and team capacity building.

The three levels of learning provides an obvious route to develop individual skills within a particular area. With fundraising, for example, someone new to the topic could start with a basic level course such as Basic Bid Writing. Having gained confidence with grant applications, they could use an intermediate course such as Advanced Bid Writing and Tendering to expand their knowledge. When these skills are firmly established an advanced level course such as Developing Collaborative Bids might be the next best learning step.

Using the Academy’s themes and levels to plan your own or your team’s professional development

The three levels of learning provides an obvious route to develop individual skills within a particular area With fundraising, for example, someone new to the topic could start with a basic level course such as Basic Bid Writing. Having gained confidence with grant applications, they could use an intermediate course such as Advanced Bid Writing and Tendering to expand their knowledge. When these skills are firmly established an advanced level course such as Developing Collaborative Bids might be the next best learning step.

Learning programmes for every kind of role

The table below sets out example routes through the learning levels for a range of common VCSE roles (1 – 9). Click the image for a PDF version.

Professional development examples

Plan for the year and pay for a whole learning plan

The VCSE Academy website makes available a wide range of courses up to one year in advance so staff can plan their learning in good time and allow time for new skills acquired through each course to be consolidated in day-to-day work before undertaking the next stage of professional development. Very soon you’ll be able to purchase several courses in advance by creating a VCSE Academy account and adding multiple courses to your ‘basket’ then paying for them altogether. The basket function isn’t available just yet, but setup your account and we’ll let you know when it is.

With a VCSE Academy account, you can also keep track of your learning courses and payments over time.