Options is a part-time introductory programme for people who are parenting alone or sharing parenting, and interested in returning to learning. If you are looking to get back into the workplace and/or further education after a gap, or for the first time, One Family is offering part-time courses in co-operation with the City of Dublin ETB and Ballsbridge College of Further Education.

When? The upcoming Options Programme starts in mid-September 2019 and will run until the end of May 2020 (one full academic year). Classes meet twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:00-1:00.

Where? Classes will take place in 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2

Who can apply? Anyone who is parenting alone or sharing parenting can apply.

Additional supports

  • Options students can avail of counselling, information and parenting supports within One Family. Please note that travel costs and childcare are not available for this programme.
  • One-to-one sessions with your keyworker are offered throughout the programme. This aims to help you achieve personal goals and get support when you need it. 

Programme Outline

The Options programme will provide

  • Practical skills for progression into, Employment, Self Employment and/or College
  • Career tasters  in a range of subjects: IT, Communications and Nursing Theory & Practice
  • A combination of three minor awards at levels 4 & 5
  • Experience of Further Education environment
  • Learners may take all three options or a selection of the three subjects.
  • Participants will have progression opportunities into full time education in Ballsbridge College of Further Education and other colleges.

The module options available are:

  1. Communications– Minor Award (Level 5)

This course is designed to develop your awareness of the essential role communication plays in human interaction and the relevance of good communication skills in the workplace. It explores the most effective principles and practices in gathering and disseminating information and focuses on developing good communication skills through a variety of media.

  1. Information Technology Skills– Minor Award (Level 4)

Technology and science are transforming our world, changing the way we do business, the way we learn, and the way we communicate. As the convergence of telecommunications and computing increases, information technology is the foundation of the 21st century economy. On this course learners will become familiar with the ICT environment and the how to use ICT to its full potential.

  1. Nursing Theory & Practice– Minor Award (Level 5)

The course is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the nursing profession, the role of the nurse in the health service and within the multi-disciplinary team. It also gives great insight into the work of a nurse, the disciplines and specialties that are on offer and the importance of nursing ethics and etiquette in various care situations. This is the foundation for those who are considering rewarding careers within various healthcare environments where nurse professionals may be their line managers so they can understand the role and responsibilities of the nurse.

How to apply? Recruitment is open now and will close at the end of August. Please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your needs. Parents interested in participating in Options in 2019, can contact us directly by emailing Debbie at dbyrne@onefamily.ie or call reception on 01 6629212.

This project is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.