Taking the fear out of finance: Training for finance trainers  

"It has been the most effective, beneficial and fun training I have attended in the last 15 years. I can’t wait to use my new skills!"


Course code: TFT1
Course Title: Taking the fear out of finance: Training for finance trainers
Duration: 4 days
For: NGO finance staff who have finance training as part of their job
Fee basis Non-residential: fee excludes accommodation


To build the confidence and course design and facilitation skills of finance staff to deliver relevant and effective financial management training to NGO personnel.

Target Audience

This course is specially designed for finance staff who offer financial management training and support to work colleagues and partner NGOs.

Participants do not need previous training experience to attend this course but they must have experience of NGO financial management or accounting. Strong written and verbal English communication skills are also required as all participants are required to complete a practical presentation.

We recommend that you read this course outline carefully to make sure the content is relevant and meets your learning requirements. If you are not sure if this course is for you, please contact us.

Course Content

The final balance of course content will be decided by those attending the course, according to their interests and training needs.

The core components of the course include:

  • the challenges of finance training
  • how adults learn and what that means for trainers
  • course design basics: learning objectives, lesson plans, selection of approach
  • participatory training techniques and when to use them
  • how to make financial concepts and jargon interesting and clear
  • creating effective resource materials to support the learning
  • how to deal with things that go wrong in the training room.

Also see the Programme Guide.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • write ‘SMART’ learning objectives as part of the course design process for a finance training session
  • create a session plan for a finance training session using the ‘CPR’ process
  • create effective resource materials to support the learning process
  • demonstrate at least 15 different participatory training techniques that can be used in finance training
  • deliver a participatory-style training session using plain language, to build financial skills and knowledge
  • describe the key challenges facing finance trainers and how to overcome them when designing a training course
  • list the five key questions used in the course design framework
  • describe how adults learn and why we should take this into account when designing a course
  • outline strategies for dealing with challenging situations that arise during a training event
  • appreciate the value of using plain language in finance training
  • recognise that finance training doesn’t have to be boring and is more effective when a practical, participatory approach is used. 

Training Approach

The Mango training approach is highly practical, participatory and fun!

We focus on real issues and help participants to use the tools covered, rather than just discuss them.  We work especially hard to de-mystify financial concepts to overcome the fear of finance.

“Mango training really does take the fear out of finance!”

We keep the group size small so that we can be sure to meet the needs of individual participants. We use a wide variety of learning methods to stimulate interest and meet the differing learning styles of participants – including group activities, quizzes, games and practice sessions.

During the course, participants design and develop, with full support and guidance, a short finance training session to be delivered in pairs or threes on the final day.

A comprehensive course resources folder packed full of advice and ideas is provided. We also offer a free follow-up service by email or phone to all Mango trainees for 12 months after the course takes place. 

Graduates of the TFT1 course are also welcome to observe one day on our FM1 course free of charge and are invited to join Mango's LinkedIn group for finance trainers.

How to Book

All courses can be booked online or by completing a booking form and sending it to the training team. Full terms and conditions are also available on our website, as well as the latest calendar, current availability and course fees.

You are also welcome to telephone us with enquiries on +44 (0)1865 423818.

Course Fees

The course fee covers: tuition, all course materials including a course handbook and workbook; complementary Mango pen, ‘jargon ball’ and calculator; lunch and refreshments during the course; and a course certificate.

The course fee does not include the cost of overnight accommodation or travel to and from the training venue.

Programme Guide

 Module Session Topics
Day 1  
Course Planning and Design
  • Introductions and overview
  • The challenges of finance training
  • Getting organised – the Training Process
  • A training needs model – Skills vs Confidence Matrix
  • Course design frameworks – 5 Key Questions and CPR
  • Practical: mind mapping a course design 
Day 2  
Making your training effective
  • Writing observable Learning Objectives
  • What we can learn from how adults learn
  • Participatory training in action
  • Session planning – identifying course content, activities and timing
  • Practical: Selection and design of participatory techniques

Day 3


Communicating and supporting your
  • Making the most of flip charts, visual aids and hand-outs
  • Responding to the challenge of jargon – how to communicate technical terms and concepts
  • Giving clear instructions – or how to avoid unexpected results
  • Don’t panic! How to manage when things go wrong
  •  Practical: preparing resource materials
Day 4  
Practice makes perfect! 
  • Presentations by course participants
  •  Summary and action planning
  • Certificates & close