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Course Overview

This course has been designed to support committee members and voluntary groups who host work placement participants through Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme and TÚS schemes.

The Managing Work Placement Participants course is divided into three core sections of content. These sections reflect the ‘need to know’ aspects of hosting a work placement participant that all boards and committees should consider.

It is worth working through the detail of each section, so that you can better understand the viewpoint of the work placement participant, that of the scheme supervisor or Local Development Company (if applicable) and your own expectations and needs.

Course Structure

1. Creating Annual Work Plans

Core topics covered in this lesson include:

  • Rationale for developing work plans in community groups
  • Defining organisational purpose
  • Setting objectives
  • Identifying key tasks and activities
  • Identifying volunteer requirements
  • Identifying work placement human resource requirements
  • Identifying financial resource requirements
  • Assigning responsibilities

2. Creating Work Placement Role Descriptors

Core topics covered in this lesson include:

  • Developing Role Descriptors
  • Determining tasks to be completed by the role holder
  • Identifying role descriptor skills
  • Scoping the workload assigned to each role

3. Managing Relationships

Core topics covered in this lesson include:

  • The importance of managing stakeholder relationships
  • Working with work placement participants
  • Working with Scheme Supervisors
  • Working with Committee Members
  • Working with the Committee
  • Managing Employee Relationships

Upon successfully completing the course, participants may download free of charge a course Certificate of Completion.


The course costs €75 per participant for 60 days course access.

Purchase Course

To purchase the course, please enter the valid details in the payment section at the bottom of the page.

Commence the Course & General Instructions

Once you have purchased the course you will automatically be enrolled on the course:

  1. Please progress through each of the lessons in the course sequentially.
  2. To move from one lesson page to another, click on the ‘Mark Complete’ button located at the end of each lesson page. Once you have clicked the ‘Mark Complete’ button, you may then progress to the next lesson in the course.
  3. Some lesson pages contain interactive resources. To open an interactive resource, click the orange ‘Launch’ button contained on the web page. Click on the ‘Next’ buttons or arrows within each interactive resource to move from one screen to the next within each of these resources.
  4. Document names in red within a lesson or topic page denote that the document is available to download. Just click on the document name (in blue) to open it for viewing and download.

To start the course, click on the lesson 1 heading in the table below.