New Heart for Heywood - A New Deal for Communities Partnership

Training Opportunities
In this section of the New Heart for Heywood's Website we have highlighted any Training Opportunities that are currently available.
 Training Opportunity - Get a FREE NVQ Level 2 in Work Time!

Get a FREE NVQ Level 2 in Work Time!
Work Based & Community Learning Service has won a large ‘Train to Gain’ contract offering people the opportunity to achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Business Administration or Customer Service (and others) through assessments in the workplace.

There is NO COST to individuals or departments.

To be eligible you should be 19 or over, employed (part/full-time or temporary) with less than 5 GCSEs/O’Levels.

Email: at RBTS for more info!
Training Opportunity - Kingsway Recruitment

The Kingsway Recruitment Team has recently been established to provide support for local residents in the Rochdale borough. The objective for the team is to ensure that Rochdale residents are skilled to an appropriate level to ensure that job opportunities across the Borough can be easily accessed through the provision of practical help on education, training and employment issues.

This will be achieved by working with local employers across Rochdale and those companies locating on Kingsway, to identify current and future vacancies and the skills that these jobs will require. 

Working in partnership with Employment Links, Job Centre Plus and local training providers, the Kingsway Recruitment Team are able to maximise their coverage across the Borough, allowing local people to access the opportunities that are becoming available. 

The team has been appointed before the jobs arrive from September 2007 onwards, to provide them with a lead time in which they can begin to raise the aspirations of the local people.  The ultimate aim is to provide a highly skilled and ready workforce on the doorstep of Kingsway employers.  Once established this will be a key selling point for Kingsway, as workforce is a deciding factor for businesses who are interested in relocating.

The services that the Kingsway Recruitment Team will be offering to borough residents is as follows:

Training Opportunities (Please see attachment) - The chance to benefit from FREE training courses in the Kingsway target sectors are available from the Kingsway Recruitment Team.

These sectors include:

Customer Service

Administration and Finance

IT/ Computers

Logistics/ Transport

Hotel and Catering

Manufacturing and Engineering

Food and Drink

The individual training grants offer local residents an excellent opportunity to access free training and will enable them to have the best possible chance of applying for vacancies with existing companies and those relocating to Kingsway Business Park.

Please see attached ‘flyer’ with contact details and also the criteria that applies when applying for a grant.

If you require any further information on the above, please feel free to contact me on 01706 837440.
Training Opportunity - Empowering the voluntary sector

Through public law training, advice and resources

This Big Lottery funded project brings together NAVCA and the Public Law Project in an innovative venture to help voluntary and community organisations understand the principles and framework of public law.

For further details of our dedicated advice line and extensive training programme please see:

contact Terry Perkins at NAVCA on 0114 278 6636 x163

or Louise Whitfield at the Public Law Project on 020 7697 2192
Training Opportunity - Drug Awareness Training - Adult Drug Treatment

This training is in recognition that many local services dealing with the public are often a first point of contact for individuals with complex issues including substance misuse.  Yet often services have not been set up to deal specifically with substance misuse and staff have received little or no training in dealing with such issues.

The training sessions are intended to give participants a greater understanding awareness of drugs and their effects, and how you and your service can contribute by signposting individuals for appropriate treatment and support.

Who the training programme is intended for:
The sessions are part of a rolling programme aimed at local services and professionals who may come into contact with a range of people and substance misuse issues.

What the training will cover:

Each training session is approximately 3 hours in total.  By the end of each session participants will be able to:

- Understand the basic effects of types of drugs

- Identify the main types of commonly used drugs

- Identify methods of use, risk and consequences

- Identify goals in treatment and local treatment agencies

Who delivers the training sessions:

All training courses will be delivered by locally based trainers with expertise in adult substance misuse services.

When and where the training will take place:

All training will take place at Rochdale Town Hall, The Esplanade, Rochdale.  There are morning (9:30am - 12:30pm) and afternoon sessions (1:30pm - 4:30pm) available on the following dates:

Available Dates
Friday 24th March [*pm session only on this date]
Friday 7th April
Friday 19th May
Friday 2nd June
Friday 15th June
Friday 7th July
Friday 14th July
Friday 4th August
Friday 25th August
Friday 8th September
Friday 22nd September
Friday 6th October
Friday 20th October
Friday 3rd November
Friday 17th November
Friday 1st December
Friday 8th December
Training Opportunity - Do You have Level 2 Qualifications

Course runs from November 2006 - November 2007

Are you employed here and looking to improve your literacy or numeracy skills?

Want to get onto more advanced courses and colleges say you need better Maths and English?

- Do you have difficulty understanding forms and notices?

- Do you have difficulty understanding bills?

- Do you want to improve your letter writing skills?

- Do you want to help your children with their homework?

- Do you want to gain further qualifications?

This is a free course, Contact Colin for more details.

Groundwork Oldham and Rochdale
Groundwork Environment Centre
Shaw Road
Phone: (0161) 624 1444
Fax: (0161) 624 1555
Training Opportunity - British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness  

British Sign Language and Deaf Awareness

Short Courses in February and March 2007 in Preston and Manchester

Who should attend?

Everyone who comes into contact with the public or with deaf colleagues in their job role.

People who are looking to continue their professional development and have fun doing it.

Why should you attend?

To learn relevant BSL signs for your job.

To find out what helps or hinders communication for the 9 million deaf people in the UK.

To discover practical solutions and ideas to help you comply with the Disability Discrimination Act

To gain a qualification in Deaf Awareness

Numbers limited, please register your interest and we will forward you more information and a booking form.

So book now and reserve your place by clicking, or telephone 01706 872816.
Training Opportunity - Shamwari Languages Community Interpreting and Translation

Shamwari Languages currently offers a service for French/English Staffed by bilingual volunteers, Shamwari Languages can help with:

- On-site interpretation at the offices of the organisation dealing with the client

- Interpretation by telephone

- Translation of your organisation’s literature, leaflets, forms, and event posters

- Translation of a client’s day-to-day paperwork (with the exception of legal papers)

- Help with form-filling
Training Opportunity - Thinking of starting your own business or social enterprise?

New Entrepreneur Scholarship delivered locally within the Rochdale Borough FROM Manchester Metropolitan University Business School.

14-week course starts February 2007

- Free part-time course

- Advice from successful entrepreneurs

- Individual professional support

- Up to £1500 start up support funding

- Access to computer and IT facilities


Open to anyone over the age of 18, who is not in full-time education. To find out more and to register your interest please complete the application form at or collect from the ...

Employment Links Centre
99 - 101 Drake St
Tel: 0161 247 3850

Closing date - 8th February 2007
Training Opportunity - Open Schools Cheerleading Championships

What is the Open Schools Cheerleading Championships?

The competition is aimed at anyone involved in Cheerleading at school. The competition will be split into High School and Primary School age categories, with two separate competitions:

- Pom

- Dance and Cheerleading.

Pom Dance

- Max. 2 minute routine to music of your choice

- Perform any type of dance routine, which may encompass a variety of dance styles such as (but not limited to) Jazz, Funk, Pop, Lyrical, Hiphop, etc. You must use pom poms.

- No limit on number of participants


- 2 minute routine to music of your choice

- Perform stunts in accordance with UKCA rules and level of coaching qualification, if your coach is not qualified then you cannot use stunts

- No limit on number of participants

Who can take part?

The competition is open to any school throughout the UK. This competition is aimed at grass roots and mass participation rather than elite competition.

Team entries are limited and will be given on a first come first serve basis.

What is the cost?

£15 per person

We can suggest a number of options for the costing of the event:

- to approach your PDM or SSCO and ask if they can assist you

- if you are at a High School you can get money from Gifted & Talented

- you could get the kids to do some fund raising

- you could ask the school to subsidise some of the costs

What do we get?

- Entry into the competition

- Insurance

- A certificate and a medal for each young person

- Each division winner will receive a trophy

- The top school will receive a shield to keep for 1 year

What are the benefits?

Cheerleading has proven links to increased participation of typically underrepresented groups, contributes to improved health and fitness of all the young people involved, instils values of respect, hard work, motivation, communication, and most importantly fun!

Further Information:

For further information and booking forms, please contact:

UKCA Head Office ask for Adam Smith (0845 1300849)

Email: or look on the web:
Training Opportunity - Planning for future sustainability

Planning for future sustainability: An introduction to the BALANCE toolkit, designed to review your organisations strengths and weaknesses.

Two FREE one day workshops for the voluntary and community sector will be running on: 27th & 29th March 2007 in the MMU Geoffrey Manton Building, Oxford Road, from 10am - 3pm.

These workshops, run jointly by the Manchester Institute of Sport and Physical Activity (MISPA) and the Centre for Enterprise (C4E) in MMU, aim to facilitate individuals to review the skills and abilities within their organisation and develop an action plan for the long term sustainability of their work.

What is the workshop?

Each one day workshop will introduce an online resource called, BALANCE, developed by the Centre for Enterprise at MMU. The toolkit has been designed to assist small, independent organisations with a social purpose in examining their own skills and needs, in order to work towards developing their own sustainable action plan. The day will be practical in nature with participants enabled to complete the toolkit online and discuss findings / share ideas in a peer group setting.

What will you gain by attending?

The opportunity to reflect on the skills and needs of your organisation and create an action plan.
An understanding of how to access and utilise the free online resource called BALANCE.
The opportunity to share existing practice and learn how others approach sustainable planning issues.

Who should attend?

The workshops are aimed at:

Those who are responsible for the leadership, development and management of voluntary and community sector groups / organisations.

The workshops are not designed for public, statutory or private agencies.

Those who wish to learn about the toolkit or those who have used it previously and would like an opportunity to refresh their understanding.

There will be no charge for participants to attend the workshops (funding from the European Regional Development Fund is providing the resources for these two days).

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and a maximum group number on each day will be set at 15 people.

Participants can only attend one of the workshops as both days contain the same programme.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Bookings will be received on a first come first served basis. Please complete the attached booking form and return to Anna Pumfrey either by email , fax 0161 247 6874, or by post (address on booking form) by Friday 16th March 2007.

If you have any further enquiries regarding the workshops, please contact Anna Pumfrey on 0161 247 6020.

For more information on MISPA go to and for information on the BALANCE toolkit see

[Click Here] for the Booking Form
Training Opportunity - FREE Maths and English sessions

Do you want...

- A chance to get a qualification?

- To improve your skills and confidence?

- To get on at work?

For More Information ... Please Contact ...

- Jonathon Gibson - 01706 350444

- Stephen Rush - 07106 756600

- Glynis Roberts - 07852 769733

- Email -

An excellent forum for networking and support

-3rd April 2007

- 9:30am to 3:15pm

- Mary Seacole Building

- University of Salford

- Cost: £40

Share good practice, experiences and learning

Showcase projects

Identify common issues and seek to resolve these

Identify potential training needs

Weight Management Workshop - [Click Here]

Physical Activity Update - [Click Here]
Training Opportunity - Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Football Course

This course is aimed at anyone over 16 years of age with an interest in running football teams.  Practical ideas for training session, Child/Player Development, Laws of the game, Administration, Child Protection and Emergency Aid are also covered.


- Sunday 18th March 2007 - 9.00am - 5.00pm

- Tuesday 20th March 2007 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm

- Thursday 22nd March 2007 - 6.00pm - 9.00pm

- Sunday 25th March 2007 - 9.00am - 5.00pm

- Sunday 1st April 2007 - 9.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: Ken Ward Centre, Hattersley, Hyde.

Cost: £145.00 per person

Application Form - [Click Here]

Level 1 Flyer - [Click Here]
Training Opportunity - Level 2 Award in Community Sport Leadership

The course content:

1. Planning and organising a sports session

2. Maintaining safety in sessions

3. The structure of Sport in the UK

4. Leading basic fitness sessions

5. How to run sporting events & competitions

6. How to adapt sporting activity

7. Plan and lead a range of sporting activity

Plus candidates must complete 10 hours voluntary leadership skills on completion of the course.


Gain a nationally recognised qualification in Sport & Leisure

A practical and fun course open to people of all ages 16+ years - all you need is an interest in sport

An ideal stepping stone to employment in sport and further coaching qualifications

Learn skills that are useful in life and at work as well as in sport

13 Week Course Tuesdays 6pm - 8pm

Starting Tuesday 17 April at Heywood Community High School Sutherland Road, Darnhill, Heywood

To find out more and to book your place contact Phil Cantillon at Sports Development.

Places limited - ring today

Contact Phil Cantillon. T: 01706 745143 or 01706 745120 W:

Community Sport Leadership poster

Training Opportunity - Introduction to Handball Session, Level 1 Coach Training Course

Day One - Tuesday 3rd April

Introduction to Handball - £60 or £40 (StreetMark) @ The Lapwing Centre, Stockport

Practical Introductory Course - 10.00am -12.00pm

Fun Festival for Participants - 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Day Two - Wednesday 4th April

Level 1 Handball Coach - £60 or £40 (StreetMark)
@ The Lapwing Centre, Stockport
9.30am - 4.00pm

The Handball Level 1 Coach Training Day is a 6 hour course aimed at staff / volunteers wishing to become Handball coaches. The qualification will give the skills to introduce the basics to young people. The course will train, qualify and give you the confidence to lead and coach Handball activities under supervision. Candidates must be at least 16yrs.

The course fee includes all course materials; it does not include refreshments & lunch
L1 Assessment - Candidates must complete 10 hrs post course coaching and will attend
experience novice tournament to be held in Stockport on 30th May (TBC)


Sport 4 Life is a not for profit company dedicated to providing quality sport & leisure activities for the community.

Sport 4 Life, Building 1000, Kings Reach, Yew St. Stockport SK4 2HG Telephone: 0845 1300 849

Download Leaflet - [Click Here]

Training Opportunity - One Game, One City

 One Game, One City
Job Opportunity - One Game, One City

North Liverpool Positive Futures
Team Leader £24K (1yr fixed poss extention)

Development Worker £20k(14mths poss ext)

Who fancies coming to work in the Capital of Culture?  In order to fully meet the demands for our service we are restructuring and that means opportunities. For 12 months we are going to try something new and seek to become even better than ever!

You could work with a fantastic staff team. You could work with the most extraordinary, challenging & enlightening young people who have incredible potential just waiting to be realised, and from whom we learn every day.

This is a dynamic, creative, flexible and very busy project, and for your hard work we try and reward you as best as we truly can.

Benefits include fantastic training opportunities, flexible working weeks, toil, over-night and sleep rewards, overtime, travel & mileage, time off over Christmas, clothing allowance, & great projects!

So take a look and see if you have what it takes?

Sports & leisure based social inclusion project based in the wards of North Liverpool & beyond require, as a result of restructure:

Team Leader £24K (1yr fixed poss extention)

To lead project on daily basis, improve quality, coordinate progs, train staff, manage finance etc.

Qualifications likely to be youth development related.

Development Worker £20k(14mths poss ext)

Plan & deliver & coordinate activities, assist in recruitment of volunteers, peer mentors, sessional workers; to support education, training and employment, knowledge of legislation, To work some evenings on the streets on a regular basis, risk assess, review and publicise activities.

Qualifications likely to be youth & community, education or sports related, but exceptionally, a wealth of varied experience may be considered. 

Contact: JET Liverpool Atlantic on 0151 282 7577.

Closing date 12 noon 28th March 07 Interview Date week commencing 9th April 07

Training Opportunity - Hopwood Hall Training for Unemployed People

Hopwood Hall will be running a 12 week course designed to provide people not in employment with a range of skills and qualifications to equip them to obtain work.

Commencing w/c April 16th learners will be required to attend Hopwood Hall College at the Rochdale site for 2 days a week for 12 weeks. The course will be run on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.00am to 4.00pm with a few session finishing at 4.30pm. Students will be given a detailed timetable when they enrol.

The course content will cover the following areas.

First Aid - A One day course leading to ‘nominated person’ status. Covering basic aspects of first aid in the workplace

Customer Care.  A seven day course covering ...

- Introduction to customer service

- Developing superior customer service

- Handling and resolving customer service problems

- Measuring customer services

- Successful candidates will receive a level one certificate in customer service.

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Covering basic Health & Safety Issues

Telephone techniques

A one day course covering the basic aspects of telephone techniques appropriate for the workplace.

Initial Assessment of Candidates

In order to ensure that learners are able to benefit from these courses all candidates will undertake an initial literacy and numeracy assessment to establish candidate’s ability in these areas and to provide support as needed. Depending on initial assessment candidates will be able to take a basic skills qualification at the most appropriate level.

Information Technology Skills

Based on an initial assessment of the candidates IT skills and knowledge learners will follow EITHER an Entry to ICT or 3 units of European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

A short course designed to cover basic employment rights, responsibilities and employability skills such as working as part of a team and problem solving. There will be opportunities to practice interview skills and support in completing job applications.

Learners will be able to claim appropriate travel expenses.

In addition to any qualification awarded by accredited bodies Successful candidates will be awarded a Hopwood Hall Certificate of Attendance with transcripts of areas covered.

A ‘Celebration’ of learner achievement will take place on completion of the programme

Contact Stella Etherington  Tel: 01706  345346 ext 2240

Job Opportunity - Contact Centre Skills Development Course

Length - 2 Days per week for 8 weeks.

Content ...

Contact centre Vocationally Recognised Certificate Level 2.

- European Computer Driving Licence – Units towards this qualification at Level 2 depending on experience with I.T.

- First Aid - 1 day basic first aid course.

- Health and Safety - 1 day awareness.

- Employability Skills - support with job search skills, self esteem, C.V writing and interview skills.

Dates - Starting w/c 16th April

Days - Tuesday and Wednesday.

Times - 9.30 - 4.00

Venue - Rochdale Training, Fishwick Street or Balderstone Technology College.

How to apply - Contact Jill Nagy - 01706 631417

All applicants will be interviewed to assess suitability and commitment.
Training Opportunity - Groundwork Into Work

Groundwork Into Work - Are you frustrated with trying to find work? - Do you feel deflated?
Give yourself a lift!

- ECDL part one

- First Aid & Health & Safety

- CV’s &Application Form’s

- Interview & Telephone Skills

- Employment Advice
4 week course for up to 16 hours per week

Monday to Friday sometime between 10am and 2.30pm

Start Date 16th April 2007

Venue @ Heady Hill Community Centre

If you live in Darnhill or Back o’th Moss, call 0161 624 1444 to discuss eligibility and find out how to register. Book now, before it’s too late!!!

Training Opportunity - Rochdale Enterprise Network

Would you like to:

- Be your own boss? be independent?

- Work from home?

- Work flexible hours?

Do you live in any of these areas:

Back Of The Moss

- Birch View

- Brimrod

- Brotherod

- Cloverhall & Bellshill

- Darnhill

- Deeplish & Milkstone

- Freehold

- Greave

- Hollin

- Kirkholt

- Langley

- Lower Falinge

- Newbold

- North East Middleton

- Smallbridge

- Sparthbottoms

- Spotland Estate

- Syke

- The Cray

- Turf Hill

- Wardleworth & Hamer

Supported by ...

If the answer is YES, you are over 18 & unemployed then this isThe Opportunity for YOU.

A programme of FREE weekly workshops and 1-2-1 advice sessions, including help with computers and confidence building.

To be held at Employment Links Centre Drake Street, RochdaleStarting May 2007

For more information, to check eligibility and to book a place contact Jane or Sharon on 01706 646471Or email:
Training Opportunity - Community Champions

How many planets do you need?....more than one at the rate we are going!!

If you would like to help others to reduce their demands on the planet and create a better future for everyone, you could become a Community Champion.

Spare a few hours of your time to help groups in your community to plan simple actions to achieve one planet living by saving energy, travelling wisely, shopping ethically, saving resources and caring for your area.

A FREE and accredited two-day course is available to anyone over 18, to show you how to use the toolkit to work with community groups to change their footprint on the planet.

Once you have completed the training, BTCV’s Community Champions Team will continue to support you in taking what you have learnt to groups in your area.

Register to become a Community Champion at: or for more information contact us: Tel: 01302 388841/ E-mail: Community Champions, BTCV, Sedum House, Mallard Way, Doncaster DN4 8DB

If you are interested in  becoming a Community Champion please contact us on 01302 388841