Personal Development and Career Planning with Support
The New Futures Employability Programme is a free 16 week, part-time personal & career development programme specifically designed for those parenting alone or sharing parenting and is accredited at QQI Level 4 in Personal & Interpersonal Development and Career Planning. It is a unique employability programme with three central elements: 1) group training delivered online two mornings per week; 2) wraparound family supports; 3) individual 1:1 keyworking. The programme is delivered online through weekly facilitated Zoom classes and our purpose-built online learning platform.
At least 80% of New Futures participants progress to further education and employment after course completion each year.
Who is currently eligible to participate in New Futures?
This project is supported through funding received under the Employment & Social Innovation Programme (EaSI) 2021-2027. From 2022-2024 we will deliver New Futures to sixty lone parents under this project. The sixth and final group of parents completing New Futures under the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 commenced in February 2022 and there will be no further delivery under this project. We have supported 142 lone parents since 2017 with the support of this funding.
Currently the New Futures Employability Programme is only available to selected customers of the Department of Social Protection who are parenting alone and living in the North East of Ireland.
What are our future plans?
We plan to secure further funding that will allow us to offer the New Futures Employability Programme to lone parents nationwide. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.
Parents interested in participating in the programme in the future can contact Niamh directly for updates at firstname.lastname@example.org or call reception on 01 662 9212.
One Family New Futures Stories are the experiences of some of the lone parents who took part in our courses, in their own words.