Frequently asked questions
There are a number of schemes whereby individuals on certain social welfare payments undertaking some of our courses may qualify for payments while studying.
We will provide you with assistance with these schemes when you enroll in the college.
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
(BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.
BTEA is not an unemployment payment. If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme.
Courses must be full-time and lead to a certificate approved by QQI. Please contact the college or your local Intreo office for more information.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
You can apply to join VTOS if you are:
- aged 21 or over
- receiving unemployment payments, signing for credits
or receiving certain other Social Welfare payments such as one parent family payment or disability allowances
You must qualify for six months before starting your course.
You will keep your Social Welfare entitlements. Courses are provided free of charge including books and materials.
Back to Education Initiative (Part-time) Courses
These courses are similar to the above but are run on a part-time basis. The part-time option is often a very effective way for adult learners to re-engage with education.
For more information on any of these schemes, please contact the college or your local Intreo office.
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