Irish National Organisation of the Unemployedcommunity development course

Building Futures – Major Award in Community Development

48 weeks
Further Education and PLC, Level 5 QQI
10am- 4pm
Start Date: 09/09/2024

Course description

Are you looking to develop a career working in the community?

If so, Building Futures is an exciting programme designed to help participants develop a career using their life experiences and skills.

The Building Futures programme is a QQI accredited programme with participants working towards a level 5 major award in Community Development. This course includes workplace internships which will draw on your life experiences to enable you to become community workers, peer educators, support workers and mentors. Building Futures is a yearlong full time programme and has been designed for those who would like to pursue a career working in the community sector.


  • Communications
  • Community Arts Context and Practice
  • Community Development Practice
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Social Studies
  • Understanding Community Development
  • Work Experience
  • Working with Groups

In addition to the above modules, participants on the programme are also given the opportunity to do:

  • Anti-Trafficking
  • Fire warden Training
  • First Aid Responder – PHECC Certified
  • Introduction to Addiction Studies
  • Introduction to Restorative Practice
  • Manual Handling
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • SafeTALK
  • Supporting Survivors of Violence
  • Work Equal – Confidence in Clothing including styling

Participant criteria:
Are you…

  • Experiencing unemployment?
  • In receipt of a social welfare payment?
  • In and out of work regularly?
  • Moving on from a scheme (C.E., J.I., C.S.P. or similar)?


Do you…

  • Have good communication skills?
  • Reasonable literacy and I.T. skills?
  • Like working with people?
  • Speak English fluently?
  • Eligibility to work and study in Ireland

If so, then you may have what it takes to become a Community Worker.

There is no cost to participate on the Building Futures programme. While training you will receive a CDETB training allowance, meal allowance, travel allowance and your secondary social welfare payments should not be affected.

Here’s how:
Contact the INOU Training Section on 01-2678760 or [email protected] (Laura) or [email protected] (Nicole) for further information.

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