Everything new starters need to know about the voluntary sector

Published: 22 November 2021

Foundations for the third sector (F4S3) is an induction programme for people who have recently started working in the voluntary sector; new entrants, recent college graduates, those who have made a career change, or volunteered for 18 months or less.


A free pilot course will provide new volunteers and staff with a complete understanding of how the voluntary sector functions and includes:


  • Understanding the sector
  • Advocacy
  • Operations
  • Voluntary sector skills



The programme is made up of four modules, each of which consists of two classroom workshops, two recorded webinars and two live webinars. It has been designed to encourage learners to incorporate the learning from the workshops in their daily work through practical examples, case studies, research, and presentations. As learners complete each level of the programme, they will earn a digital badge.


The course is made up of four one day classroom workshops, followed by four one-hour recorded webinars and four one-hour live webinars. There are also assessments to complete.


Module 1


  • Workshop 1: Landscape of the voluntary sector

Thursday 20 January 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 4pm

  • Webinar 1: My organisation within the wider sector

Tuesday 25 January 2022 – Online | 1 hour


Module 2


  • Workshop 2: Public policy & advocacy

Thursday 27 January 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 4pm

  • Webinar 2: My organisation’s big advocacy ask

Tuesday 1 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour


Module 3


  • Workshop 3 – Professional skills necessary to work in the voluntary sector

Thursday 3 February 2022 – Cardiff | 9am to 5pm

  • Webinar 3: My organisation & approaches to operations

Tuesday 8 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour


Module 4


  • Workshop 4: Personal skills necessary to work in the voluntary sector

Thursday 10 February 2022 – Cardiff | 9.30am to 5pm

  • Webinar 4: My organisation & personal development

Tuesday 15 February 2022 – Online | 1 hour




The pilot training programme will be delivered in Wales during early 2022. To register your interest in the programme please email training@wcva.cymru. Closing date Friday 10 December 2021.


Spaces are limited and will be allocated following the closing date. You will be asked to confirm that you can commit to completing all modules and assessment. You will need to complete assessments before attending the live webinars.


Visit the WCVA website for further information on the F4S3 project.

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Quality in Befriending
  • Cyber essentials
  • Cynnig Cymraeg
  • Cultural Competence Silver Award