Venture Online Course

Live, interactive delivery. Practical skills.

VC’s Venture training programme will suit those who thrive in a live, interactive learning environment.  The programme provides a solid grounding in many key practical aspects of development and humanitarian work.

VC’s Theory of Change seeks to improve health and education outcomes as well as improve livelihoods. It recognises VC’s partners’ need for greater resources and capacity to deliver relevant services. Training in areas relevant to sustainability and good practice is a vital element in achieving this goal. Venture is now being offered to local staff working within VC partners and their affiliate organisations in a strategic focus on Uganda in line with an increasing focus on localisation.

The course will run over three weekends between January and March 2024. Dates are as follows: January 27th and 28th, February 24th and 25th, and April 6th and 7th.

The training will consist of 6 days (5 hours per day) of live training sessions, plus access to over 20 hours of online, independent learning, delivered by facilitators who are experts in the sector.

Download the Venture 2024 Brochure for more information on the course content and schedule.

If you prefer self-paced learning and wish to learn at your own pace, we also have a suite of short, self-directed online courses on our UpSkills platform.

Read on for more information!

Who is this course for?

  • Those starting out in aid and development, humanitarian work or as missionaries and volunteers.
  • If applying for a VC funded development worker placement with a partner project, this course is a prerequisite for most assignments (except where the individual has previous relevant experience)

What will you learn?

Venture aims to prepare prospective development and humanitarian aid workers, missionaries or volunteers for working in international development and humanitarian work contexts:

  • How to make informed choices about engaging in development / humanitarian work
  • Management, communication and technical skills to work with local partners to collaborate on projects and programmes effectively
  • How to help support the capacity development of the communities and organisations where you work
  • How to work effectively using interactive and people-centred approaches
  • How to accept, respect and enjoy living or working in a new cultural context where required
  • How to appreciate the importance of personal wellbeing, including healthy relationships
  • How to understand power relationships in the development and humanitarian context
  • Personal security and simple strategies to improve your safety and wellbeing and that of colleagues
  • The complexities of child & vulnerable adult safeguarding, and inclusive practices

To register your place on the 2024 Venture programme, please visit our registration page.

If you are a team leader or project director and are interested in our Partner Training Packages for your team, please email us for package details and fees.

“What I have been very favourably impressed by is not only the specific training programme, but the general atmosphere created by the VC staff and volunteers on the various occasions when I have been there. This atmosphere is probably even more important than the elements in the formal training programme.”

Donal Dorr –  Venture programme facilitator

Content & Learning Approach

Our course is entirely participatory – the idea is that all have something to bring to the table.

As well as good basic grounding on the development and humanitarian sectors it also offers participants an insight into working with and within the faith-based development sector, essential for missionaries.


The cost of the Venture training programme is €300 for three weekends (6 full days) of interactive training and access to the Upskills self-directed online training content.

The fee is payable in advance prior to the commencement of the course. A reduced rate is available for candidates/CBOs eligible for international development support. Note this capacity building course should qualify as an eligible line item for support funding.


Upon successfully finishing the course, each participant will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.


Should you have any queries or require further information please contact VC’s Training Officer, Sorcha Breathnach, at

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