Training for co-ops

The Hive offers essential one-day training for co-ops on a range of topics.

The Hive training offer

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Option 1

Specific one-day training courses hosted by Co-operatives UK available for an individual(s) from any co-op to book onto at a cost of £95 + VAT/person (for members of Co-operatives UK) or £136 + VAT/person (for non-members).

The Hive can support a limited number of fully supported places. Anyone who would like to apply for a place should contact us.

Option 2

Specific one-day training courses paid for by The Hive if your co-op hosts the training and opens it up to other co-ops in your area.

All costs covered by The Hive.

Option 3

Bespoke training for when your co-op requires something more or different to the training courses we have listed listed.

Cost to be covered by the co-op. Get in touch to discuss.

Option 1 | Book onto a training course

The following course topics are currently available to book in 2018:

  • Essential training for co-op secretaries
  • Essential training for co-op directors
  • Essential training for co-op chairs

The Hive can support a limited number of fully supported places. Anyone who would like to apply for a place should contact us.

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Topic

Location

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20 Mar 2018

Essential training for co-op secretaries

Birmingham

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30 Apr 2018

Essential training for co-op directors

Manchester

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14 Jun 2018

Essential training for co-op directors

London

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5 Jul 2018

Essential training for co-op chairs

Manchester

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11 Oct 2018

Essential training for co-op directors

Birmingham

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18 Oct 2018

Essential training for co-op secretaries

Bristol

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Cost is £95 + VAT for members of Co-operatives UK (read more about membership), or £136 + VAT for non-members. 

Option 2 | Host a training course for co-ops in your area

If your co-op or a co-op in your area can host a training course and open it up to nearby co-ops, The Hive will cover the cost.

The following training courses are available to book in 2018:

CO-OP SECRETARIES

Society secretaries are key members of the management executive team. The most effective secretaries will be trusted advisors to the board, delivering essential services to ensure the well-being of their co-op in terms of legal operation, administration and compliance with corporate governance best practice.

This one-day training session provides all the essentials a successful co-operative secretary needs. There is a focus on the legal and governance knowledge required in addition to the softer skills needed to support and build relationships with the board of directors.

How attendees will benefit

Attendees will benefit by understanding the skills and qualities required for a co-op secretary and learn about the areas that are key to the secretary carrying out their role effectively.

Who should attend

The session is aimed at those who are new to the co-op secretary role as it deals with the main legal and best practice responsibilities associated with the role as well as a refresher for secretaries established in their role that may need a refresher and an update on any key changes.

What attendees will learn

  • To understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a secretary
  • To understand the practical application of these duties
  • To understand statutory reporting and paperwork requirements
  • To gain knowledge around best practice for co-op secretaries

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

CO-OP DIRECTORS

Who can be on a co-operative's board of directors and what are their legal responsibilities? This training course covers these issues and all the other essentials required to be an effective member of the board of a co-op, with a focus on legal duties. Attendees will benefit from both a theory-led and practical approach in sessions delivered by experienced professional trainers.

This one-day training session provides all the essentials a successful co-operative director needs. There is a focus on the legal and governance knowledge required in addition to the softer skills needed to support and build relationships.

How attendees will benefit

Attendees will benefit by understanding the role of a co-op director and their legal responsibilities. They will also learn about what they can do to be an effective director and discuss the attributes and skills of a ‘perfect director’ in a co-op. Attendees will complete the training knowing what the role of the board is and the directors place within it, and will know what they need to do to make their board effective.

Who should attend

The training is for those who have recently been appointed to the board of their co-op or who are thinking about becoming a director. It also acts as a refresher for more experienced directors.

What attendees will learn

  • To understand the legal duties and responsibilities of a director
  • To understand the practical application of these duties in relation to their role
  • To gain an awareness of the role of the board in relation to the members and the employees
  • To understand what constitutes, and how you can contribute towards, a high performing co-op board

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training.

CO-OP CHAIRS

Information about this training option will be available soon (early 2018).

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

COMMUNICATIONS AND WORKING WITH CONFLICT

Because we're co-operators we can make the mistake of thinking that we can easily sort out conflict in our workplaces. By the time we realise that's not the case, it's often too late. Conflict within any co-op can be hugely damaging – to the individuals involved, to the morale of the whole co-op and to our business.

This hands-on, participatory training will support you to be more confident and able to work with conflict when it arises as well as to learn from the experience of other co-ops. The programme is designed to give you and your members the practical and inter-personal skills needed to run a successful co-operative.

How attendees will benefit

This training course will help participants:

  • Better understand how conflict arises.
  • Recognise conflict before it escalates.
  • Better understand what attitudes and skills are needed to work with and overcome conflict within their co-op.
  • Feel more confident and capable of hearing the root causes of the conflict.
  • Feel more confident and capable of helping those in conflict to hear each other and making progress.

Who should attend

The course is designed for anyone who deals with conflict in a co-op. This includes:

  • Those whose role it is to help resolve conflict in their team, or in the co-op as a whole – for example team coordinators or personnel/HR.
  • Those who find themselves in conflict in their co-op.

What attendees will learn

  • Why conflict arises so easily, even in a co-operative environment.
  • The skills and the mindsets necessary for deeper 'active' listening and more co-operative, and less conflictual, communication.
  • To move people beyond the positions they have taken in a conflict and help identify the needs that underpin it.
  • How to 'mediate' conflict between others.

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

STRATEGIC PLANNING AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT

This one-day training session is designed to help co-operatives and their members manage change and improve their approaches to participative strategic planning. This training forms part of Co-operative UK's training programme. The programme is designed to give you and your members the practical and inter-personal skills needed to run a successful co-operative.

This one-day training session provides all the essentials a successful co-operative secretary needs. There is a focus on the legal and governance knowledge required in addition to the softer skills needed to support and build relationships with the board of directors.

  • Exploring shared goals and motivations.
  • Developing a shared understanding about what strategic development means.
  • Exploring some participative approaches to strategic planning.
  • Practical exercises using a range of strategic planning tools and techniques.
  • Managing change.
  • How attendees will benefit.

Who should attend

This seminar is designed with worker co-operatives in mind, so will be useful for any member who has an interest in strategic planning and wants to know how to engage the wider membership. However, it will of course also be useful for members of strategic planning teams, committee members, board members and any co-operative member with an interest in or responsibility for strategic planning.

By the end of the training attendees will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of what strategic planning is, why we do it, who does it and how and when it is done.
  • Have discussed how to differentiate strategic from operational/tactical decisions.
  • Be more aware of a range of tools and techniques for doing participative strategic planning.
  • Have practised at least one of those tools with respect to strategic planning in their own co-operatives.
  • Have explored an approach to understanding how change impacts on the co-operative and individual responses to change.
  • Have shared ideas on how to disseminate their learning in their own co-operatives.

What attendees will learn

  • To explore different motivations and personal goals for being involved in co-operatives.
  • To understand different governance and organisational structure and how they may change as the co-operative grows and develops.
  • To understand different strategic planning approaches and to practically try these out on real examples.
  • To explore experiences of change and to share ideas and best practice to manage change more effectively.

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

MARKETING FOR CO-OPS

This high energy training day has a collaborative and problem-solving flavour. It is designed to help attendees:

  • Use marketing as a strategic management tool
  • Understand marketing, branding and communication techniques
  • Stand out from ‘others playing in your field’
  • Leverage your co-operative advantage and co-op identity
  • Get the right product or service in front of the right people
  • Turn customers and clients into fans
  • The day is designed for people who deliver marketing and communications for their co-ops. A key element of the day is using Principle Six - the co-operative ‘killer app’ for generating new and better business.

How attendees will benefit

Marketing covers a wide range of activities. Whether you’re starting out or looking for a fresh insights and inspiration, the training is designed to break the subject down and make your marketing more strategic, effective, coherent – and manageable. It will give you new ideas about marketing channels and techniques, including collaborative and co-operative approaches to the task of meeting the needs of your clients and customers, profitably and ethically.

Who should attend

The day is aimed at:

  • People who have responsibility for formulating marketing strategy.
  • People with a day-to-day marketing role, on their own or as part of a team.
  • Communications people.
  • Sales people.
  • Membership officers.
  • People considering taking up a marketing role in their co-op.

What attendees will learn

  • How to take the fear out of marketing
  • Choosing the most effective marketing channels for their co-op
  • New vs traditional techniques – how do they compare?
  • How to generate creative ideas and energy
  • How to use networks effectively

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

ESSENTIAL ACCOUNTING FOR CO-OPS

This is an introductory workshop that aims to demystify the world of finance to enable all society members or their supporters to fully understand the rudiments of society finance.

This workshop will cover

  • Basic Accounting Concepts and Terms
  • Specifics of Accounting for Community Share Finance
  • Accounting for Loans, Grants and VAT.

The training is open to

  • Practitioners
  • Community businesses
  • Co-operatives UK members

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training

ADVANCED ACCOUNTING FOR CO-OPS

This is an advanced workshop that aims to enable participants to both draw up and understand society accounts.

This workshop will cover

  • Legal Requirements for society accounts including Audits and Exemptions
  • Financial Reporting Standards and how they relate to societies
  • The use and understanding of management accounts and financial performance indicators

The training is open to

  • Practitioners
  • Community businesses
  • Co-operatives UK members

Get in touch to discuss or arrange this training


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Updated: 11/12/2017