Shaping Futures Course (LTI)


Are you looking to upskill and return to work?

If so, the INOU are offering an exciting Local Training Initiative (LTI) designed to help participants develop general employablity skills needed to return to work or progress to further education.

This programme is delivered in collaborations with the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB).  Certification for this programme is certified through CDETB’s validation and quality assurance processes.

The Shaping Futures programme is a full-time 48-week accredited programme starting in September each year with participants working towards a QQI Level 4 major award in Employment Skills. It consists of 9 minor components including an eight-week work internship. Employment skills are general skills that you need for most jobs. This course is targeted at people who have experienced long-term and precarious unemployment and who have the potential and the desire to progress onto to employment or further education. The programme is designed to give participants the necessary skill sets to take up employment or progress on to further education.  The course runs from Monday to Friday 10am – 4.30pm and delivered in our Learning Hub which is located 88-90 Townsend Street, Dublin 2. 


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?

If so, then this programme may be what you are looking for.


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

Here’s how:

Contact Michelle/Sinead in the Learning Hub on 01 2678760 or via email / for further information.

As part of our recruitment process we hold workshops which will give you a better sense of the course and allow you to determine if the course is right for you. Interviews are held following these workshops.

Recrutiment for the Shaping Futures Programme has now closed for 2023. 

  • Participation in Shaping Futures should not affect your Social Welfare payments.
  • ETB (Formerly FÁS/VEC) training allowances apply to this course.