Here at OY, this new year has us looking forward to the future and the possibilities of what is to come. If we have learnt anything from the previous year, it is that we have found new ways to continue learning, exploring and adapting.

In the spirit of the new year, we’ve collected several of our favourite opportunities to continue learning and training.


Oxfordshire Youth Trainings

If you are a member of our Changemaker Programme then you are currently entitled to bespoke training workshops for your team. We offer all sorts of training from ‘The Principles of Youth Work’, and ‘Street Based Youth Work’ to ‘Understanding and Managing Young People’s Challenging Behaviours’. If there are any areas you wish to discuss then please do get in touch with us or take a look on our website.

At OY we also offer Mental Health Awareness training for Oxfordshire Parents and Carers. The sessions primarily consider the mental health of adolescents and young adults and support parents and carers to support young people’s mental health and gain the confidence to navigate the mental heath field.

We will also soon be offering an exciting opportunity to gain a Level 2 Award or Level 3 Diploma in Youth Work – watch this space!


The OSCB runs several different courses and training events for those in Oxfordshire, including Generalist Safeguarding Courses. All of their courses are currently running virtually, and they offer a variety of webinars ranging from ‘Early Help Assessment (EHA) and Team Around the Family (TAF)’ to ‘Overview of Children and Young People’s Mental Health Difficulties’. You can take a look at what is on offer and register on their website.

Think Employment

Think Employment offer a huge range of online and accredited courses to help you further your skill set in 2021. They have a variety of opportunities including Business, Teaching and Childcare, and Nutrition. Our particular favourite is the Level 2 Certificate in LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace course (take a look at it here). See their website for more courses.

Oxfordshire County Council

OCC offer CPD training on a variety of different topics at a variety of costs – many are free of charge. Our favourites are ‘The Nuts and Bolts of claiming Special Educational Needs and Disability Funding’, ‘An Introduction to Autism’ and ‘Supporting children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs in the early years’. See this and more on their website.


FutureLearn has a wide range of courses on offer, ranging from just a few hours to full degrees. Many of their courses are delivered by universities and specialist organisations across the UK. You can find anything from a webinar on fiction writing to interview skills, and many of their webinars and courses are free of charge. Browse their courses on their website.


Not sure a course is right for you?

Take a look on Eventbrite for one off webinars and events in your area.