Last month, I had the pleasure of announcing the launch of applications for the Community Social Services Training Fund. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the Training Fund page to learn more about the two different grant streams that organizations may apply for—the Support for Certification/Education Individual Grant and the Organizational Training Grant. (While you can only apply for one of the two funding streams in each fiscal year, organizations that apply by March 31st, 2021 will be able to submit another application in the following fiscal year.)
This week, I am happy to announce the launch of a series of workshops and training seminars to complement the Training Fund’s two main granting streams. These offerings are open to all community social service organizations across the province and will address training needs and skill gaps identified in the Social Services Labour Market Research Project and the extensive Community Social Services Training Fund survey that took place in 2020.
More Training Opportunities Supported by the Community Social Services Training Fund
The first three offerings are detailed briefly below. Applications for each are open now on The Federation’s website along with more information. An ongoing selection of workshops and seminars will take place between March 2021 and March 2022 and additional offerings will be added over the next twelve months.
Please note: some will require participants to apply as there is limited seating; successful applicants will then be provided with a link to register. Others will have open registration operating on a first-come, first-served, basis.
1. HR Management Basics: Recruitment to Onboarding
This workshop, offered in partnership with CityU, will explore key human resources practices that promote employee retention by improving hiring processes. Topics will include planning, interviewing, selection, and on-boarding and participants will learn specific skills and tools for interviewing and integrating new staff.
This four-part workshop series will take place in 3-hour virtual synchronous seminars over a four-week period in March and April. The content is targeted for small- and medium-sized organizations with no (or limited) dedicated HR departments. Workshop dates, times, and application info are on The Federation website.
2. Coaching for Leaders
This workshop, offered in partnership with CityU, will help participants gain an appreciation for how instructional coaching and solution-based, positive psychology skills can be blended to help identify goals, recognize opportunities, overcome obstacles, make meaningful progress, and celebrate success.
This four-part workshop series will take place in 3.5-hour virtual synchronous seminars over a four-week period in April. The content is targeted for organizations of all sizes but is best suited for those without internal formalized management training. Workshop dates, times, and application info are on The Federation website.
3. Strategic Leadership for Complex Times
This seminar will consist of an online lecture and discussion and will explore strategic leadership approaches across four key themes: Leadership in fluid times, sensing a world in motion, leading change, and embracing the idea.
This seminar is open to all interested participants but is best suited for those in senior management and leadership positions. Registration is open to all staff and volunteers from community social services organizations (of any size) and there is no cost to attend.
Funding for these workshops and seminars and the Community Social Services Training Fund grant streams has been provided by the Province of British Columbia as part of an initiative to respond to the training and development needs of those who work with some of BC’s most vulnerable people. You can learn more about these investments here.
More training opportunities will be announced and offered between now and March 2022 so stay tuned for future updates and bookmark this page on The Federation website or sign up for the Community Social Services Training Fund mailing list.
I’d like to thank all of our sector partners at the Social Service Sector Roundtable for their help in making these opportunities possible. If you have any questions or concerns about the Community Social Services Training Fund or other Social Services Sector Round Table initiatives, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Federation Executive Director