Mango Training Course Outline

Mango Training Course Outline
Course code:
TT1 [formerly TFT1]
Course Title:
Taking the fear out of finance – training for
finance trainers
4 days
NGO finance staff who have finance training as
part of their job.
This course is designed 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 provide 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 have any
questions please do 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 this course include:
the challenges of finance training
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how adults learn and what that means for trainers
course design basics: learning objectives, lesson plans, selection of
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 below for the Programme Guide.
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
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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
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
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.
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Training Approach
Mango’s training approach is highly practical, participatory and often fun! We
focus on real issues and help participants to use the techniques covered,
rather than just discuss them. We work hard to de-mystify financial concepts
to overcome the fear of finance.
“Mango training really does take the fear out of finance!”
We work with small groups to meet the needs of individual participants. We
use a variety of learning methods to stimulate interest and meet differing
learning styles of participants – including illustrated presentations, group
exercises and discussions, case studies and practical problem-solving
Courses are supported by extensive materials for participants to take away
and apply after the course. We also offer a free follow-up service by email or
phone to all Mango trainees.
How to Book
This course is available as an open, in-house or group training event.
Please visit our website to plan your training or contact the training team at for more information.
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Taking the fear out of finance
Topics to be covered:
Day 1
Welcome and
Course Planning
and Design
The challenges of finance training
Getting organised – the Training Process
A training needs model – Skills vs Confidence
Introductions, expectations and programme
Course design frameworks – 5 Key Questions
and CPR
Day 2
Making your
training effective
Practical: mind mapping a course design
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
Day 3
and supporting
your message
Great flip charts, visual aids and handouts
Responding to the challenge of jargon – how to
communicate technical terms and concepts
Giving clear instructions – or how to avoid
unexpected results
Day 4
Practice makes
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Don’t panic! Be prepared when things go wrong
Practical: preparing resource materials
Presentations by course participants
Summary and action planning
Evaluation, certificates & close
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