Start Your Own Business-VTOS

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This is a 2 year full-time course designed to give participants the skills to develop and run their own business.

This course is run under the VTOS scheme (for more details see below)

Year 1

  • Basic accounts, financial management and cash flow management
  • Computerised and manual accounts
  • Basic Business Plan development
  • Market analysis, including customer and competitor research, product and service definition, routes to market, seasonal factors
  • Market planning, including marketing materials, promotional tools, budgeting
  • Consumer Behaviour, Customer Service
  • Digital Marketing and E-Business
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Sales skills and techniques, meeting and telephone skills
  • Time management, project management and process management

Year 2

  • Tailored accounts training to suit your particular business
  • Full Business Plan development and implementation
  • Comprehensive market planning
  • Web Presence development and publication
  • Advanced sales skills and techniques
  • Assistance with grant application for your business
  • Skills which are specific to your business: e.g. Graphics, Computer Aided Design, etc.
  • Tailored elements, which match your individual requirements


The following QQI Level 5 Modules are included.

QQI Code Title QQI Code Title
5N0690 Communications 5N1390 Personal Effectiveness
5N0783 Database Methods 5N1400 Marketing Practice
5N0972 Customer Service 5N1418 Start Your Own Business
5N1351 Behavioural Studies 5N1433 Work Practice
5N1354 Book-keeping: Manual & Computerised 5N1610 Business Administration Skills
5N1356 Work Experience 5N1619 Retail Selling
5N1358 Word Processing 5N1910 Web Authoring
5N1364 Digital Marketing 5N1951 Entrepreneurial Skills
5N1369 eBusiness Studies 5N1977 Spreadsheet Methods
5N2062 Principals & Practices of Selling


Duration: 2 years, requiring attendance 2 days per week. While attending this course, you will continue to receive your social welfare entitlements, regardless of any profit you may make from your business.

Eligibility: You must satisfy VTOS criteria to qualify for entry onto this course.
Enrollment Details: Courses commence in September. Places are limited, apply early to avoid disappointment.

For further information please contact:
Frank McQuillan, VTOS Co-ordinator, Business Training Centre, Union Road, Kilmacthomas. Co. Waterford
Telephone: 051-294680; Mobile: 0863858974; Email:




Course Information

Course Information
  • Course Length 2 Years
  • Start date September each year


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