What is Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)?The BTEI programme provides part time further education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family work and other responsibilities.
Who can take part on a BTEI programme?Anyone who has left full time education can take part, but priority is given to those who left school without completing a Leaving Certificate or who are social welfare recipients or medical card holders.
What does it cost to participate in the BTEI?No fees apply to
. either waged or unwaged participants who have not completed their Leaving Cert
. anyone entitled to or a dependant of anyone entitled to a social welfare payment
. anyone entitled to or a dependant of anyone entitled to a Medical Card.
What is Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)?VTOS is a day time general education and work related training programme for adults. It offers an opportunity to learn new skills in an environment suitable for adults, to make new friends, to acquire valuable educational qualifications, while still keeping social welfare benefits. See www.vtos.ie/ for details.
Who can take part in VTOS?An applicant for VTOS must be at least 21 years of age and be getting one of the following for at least 6 months (156 days):
• Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance
• Disability Benefit or Disability Allowance
• signing for credits for at least six months or
• in receipt of a One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Blind Pension or Invalidity Pension for at least six months or
• are a dependent spouse of an eligible person for at least six months or
• in receipt of Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance, Widow's/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension/Prisoner's Wife's Allowance or Blind Person’s Pension for at least six months. Conditions may apply in the case of Blind Person’s Pension/ Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension or Prisoner's Wife's Allowance.
• Periods spent on FÁS training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative, Youthreach programmes and time in prison can count towards the qualifying period.
Clare Lifelong Learning Network, Clare VEC Adult and Community Education Service, Clonroad Business Park, Ennis, Co. Clare; Tel: 065 6843732; Email
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