Welcome to Foundations for Sector 3


About the Programme

Foundations for Sector Three is an induction training programme for the nonprofit community. It has been designed for people who have recently started working in the sector; new entrants, recent college graduates, or those who have made a career change.  The course will provide you with a complete understanding of how the third sector functions. The areas covered include: 

  • Understanding the Sector 

  • Advocacy 

  • Operations 

  • Third Sector Skills 


The programme will use a blended learning approach with both face-to-face learning and webinars. It has been developed in line with the European Qualification Framework (EQF), Level 4 and learning will be validated and certified using digital badges.  When launched, the training programme will be available to anyone new to the sector and free of charge.  

Pilot Study

Foundations for Sector Three is being developed with partners in Ireland, Wales, Finland, Germany. Each project partner will run two rounds of pilot training  programmes in early 2022. To run a successful pilot we need learners to register! If you are interested in participating, and you fit the target audience, please fill out our contact form. 


The main requirement is that you are a new comer to the nonprofit sector in Ireland, Wales, Germany or Finland, which means you have worked or volunteered for 18 months or less. Participation in the pilot is free of charge. Register your interest below.


Programme Launch

Once the pilot has been successfully run we will launch the programme. It will be available to all nonprofits across the European third sector. When launched, it will remain free of charge. We plan to launch in late 2022. 

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