Ideas Institute was established to meet a specific strategic need that had been identified by SIPTU members and conveyed to the National Executive Council of SIPTU. Since its inception Ideas has contributed enormously to meeting the needs of workers and employers alike.

What is IDEAS Institute?
The primary focus of the Institute for the Development of Employees Advancement Services (IDEAS) is educational. Its task is to identify ways in which new thinking and new services can be introduced into the workplace for the benefit of employees and the enterprise as a whole.

Our Courses
Courses are available to SIPTU members, members of other unions, companies and the general public.

Some of the courses we have available are:


  • Train the Trainer
  • Computers for Beginners
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Customer Service
  • Teamworking
  • Start Your Own Business
  • Job Seeking/Interview Skills

Some of these courses are FETAC Accredited

Free 1 Day Computer Training Course
IDEAS Institute has secured funding from the Department of Communications for a 1 day Internet training programme for 900 people.
This will be of benefit to everyone including Trade Union members, the unemployed and people being made redundant.

The Department of Communications has stated that the target group for the training includes the unemployed, older workers (over 55 years), people with low or no formal qualifications, and disadvantaged people ( single parents, immigrants etc.) and those who have no experience of computers.

Learn how to:

  • Buy a computer
  • Surf the internet
  • Search for web sites
  • Buy and Sell online
  • Do online banking
  • Access Government services online.
  • Make phone calls on your computer.
  • Manage photos
  • Send and Receive Email
  • And much more.

No Experience Necessary

Train the Trainer Course

We are offering two Train the Trainer courses in October in Dublin and Cork.

The Dublin course will commence on Monday 8th October.