OCTS Important Information

We are following Government guidance around social distancing, and with the wellbeing of clients and staff as our priority, all OCTS courses have been suspended until further notice and all previous bookings have now been refunded. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at admin@octs.org.uk.

Hello and welcome to the Oxford Co-operative Training Scheme (OCTS) Website.  OCTS is now managed and administered by the Homeless Oxfordshire, Reconnect Project.  

OCTS was  originally formed in 1985 by an inter-agency collaboration to improve access to training for workers who traditionally may have  missed out on formal education in the past,  performing frontline roles, in the voluntary and statutory sector.

Following continuous review of this provision,  training  needs for all workers in or associated with  front line roles, regardless of previous education attainment was identified. This was for training with a particular emphasis on being able to better understand the  multiple and complex problems clients’using these services present with, that impact their ability to engage with or benefit from  service providers in a helpful way.  By service providers we mean voluntary and statutory sector services such as housing, health, education and social care. Courses tend to be pitched at introductory/intermediate level  and between one or two days duration.

OCTS  has a rigorous monitoring and evaluation process which together with  feedback from its users and informed decisions made by representatives of the OCTS executive  committee is how decisions are made about its continued development and courses provided. 

The executive committee is made up of members who reflect a  range of local statutory and voluntary agencies.