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Taking the fear out of finance - training for finance trainers (4 days)


Key discoveries

  • Great course design tools and techniques that you can use immediately to create your own courses
  • A toolkit of activities that make learning effective and enjoyable
  • Confidence to explain financial concepts and tools using plain language
  • Tips for creating great resource materials to support your training.

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Course code: TT1 

An inspirational course for experienced finance staff who train colleagues or local partners on financial tools and concepts. The course shares the secrets of Mango's successful practical and participatory training methodology, and will change the way you look at finance training forever.

"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 costsEarly booking
Standard booking
Individuals, and non-profit organisations with less than £1m income8501,060
Non-profit organisations more than £1m income1,0601,320
For-profit/governmental organisations1,3201,650

Who should attend

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

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.

Programme guide

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
  • PracticalSelection 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

Learning outcomes

By the end of the training, you will:

  • 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 and creative commnication techniques to overcome the fear of finance 
  • recognise that finance training doesn’t have to be boring and is more effective when a practical, participatory approach is used

Course dates

There are no up-and-coming courses in the open training programme.

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