Training and Qualifications

At Changing Lives in Cheshire we are committed to developing our staff, volunteers and the wider community through our unique work based learning approach. We aren’t about tests, stuffy classrooms and long, boring sessions - we’re about hands-on experience; getting stuck in; skills that will make a real difference; and qualifications which you can use. Lots of the training we offer is free to volunteers.

Through volunteering with us you can gain relevant vocational and personal skills, experience and recognised qualifications. We will even help you with your CV and polish your interview skills.

Courses Available

Making Informed Career Choices (QCF)

Entry Level 3 Award (Open Awards)

When facing career choices, whether big or small, how can you make sure you’re approaching the situation with the appropriate level of consideration?


How can you ensure your “guess” is truly the best you can do?

Making informed career choices can be challenging. It’s a lifelong process, and the choices you make must be appropriate for your skills, interests and lifestyle preferences. You must be able to understanding these and combine them to create a meaningful framework for life.

Waste and Recycling (QCF)

Level 1 Award (Open Awards)

This course is a great introduction to waste and recycling in a commercial environment. It will prepare you to the roles and responsibilities of collecting and dealing with different types of commercial waste in a safe and efficient manner.

The course will cover how to accept and collect waste and recyclable material, the removal and safe disposal of waste, working safely when handling waste, and how to operate waste and recycling equipment and vehicles safely.

Winsford Warehouse Store

(open - card payment only)

Unit 12, Road Two

Winsford Industrial Estate



(tel: 01606 827120)

Ellesmere Port Market

(closed until August 2020)

Market Square

Ellesmere Port

CH65 0HW

(tel: 0151 355 8535)


(closed for now)

Cockhedge Centre

Prince Henry Square



(tel: 01925 634112)

Winsford Outlet Store

(open - card payment only)

Winsford Cross

13 Dingle Walk



(tel: 01606 594142)

Changing Lives in Cheshire, Changing Lives in Ellesmere Port, Changing Lives in Warrington

and Cheshire Community Development Trust are trading names of Changing Lives Together.

Registered in England & Wales: Charity 1139983 & Company 07400060

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