Career Planning and Personal Development

The One Family Programmes Service provides adult education and training to people parenting alone or sharing parenting. The service aims to develop and provide a range of best practice programmes that empower people to take the next steps into education or work.

We understand the experience of parenting alone and sharing parenting and how challenging it can be to move back into education or find fulfilling employment. Our Career Planning and Personal Development programmes have been designed for lone parents who want to return to or begin education and work but are not sure where to start.

One Family’s employability and education programmes are part supported by funding received under the Gender Equality Activity of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020 (‘PEIL’). The Gender Equality Activity aims to promote social inclusion and combat discrimination in the labour market. Our programmes over the next two years will be focussed on women returning to education or the workforce.

In 2019 the New Futures project won the Special Recognition STAR Award for an ESF Initiative for making an outstanding contribution to adult learning. The STAR Awards are an initiative by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

If you received a text message from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection about our programmes please click on the links below for more information.

Our free education programmes – New StepsNew Futures and Options will give you the confidence, skills and support you need to progress to education and employment. All participants will have access to regular one to one support from their key worker.

  • New Steps| New Steps is an eight week parenting support and self-development programme for people parenting alone or sharing parenting. New Steps can be taken as a stand-alone programme and is also an introductory course into our New Futures programme.
  • New Futures| New Futures is a twenty four week part time programme accredited at QQI level 4, this is our flagship It offers distinctive Career Planning and Personal and Interpersonal Development.
  • Options | Options is a part-time external programme, and is a combination of three minor awards at QQI Levels 4 and 5; Communications, Information Technology Skills, and Nursing Theory & Practice. This course will give the learner practical skills for progression into employment, self employment or further education.


Hear from past participants.

One Family New Futures Stories are the experiences of some of the lone parents who took part in our courses, in their own words.