Free Part time Day Courses
What is the Back to Education Initiative?
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection (DSP). DSP are the decision makers in relation to who will be awarded BTEA.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to undertake approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. This weekly allowance is not means tested and you can work part time without affecting your BTEA payment.
Any full-time day course provided by St. John’s Central College is eligible for BTEA as long as the applicant is progressing their level of education qualification i.e. if an applicant has a Level 5 qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) they must undertake a course that leads to a Level 6 qualification at least.
Further information is available at www.studentfinance.ie
Who can take part in BTEI programmes?
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered.
What will a BTEI course cost?
Individuals will have different entitlements.
- Those who have a Leaving Cert or less and who are in receipt of unemployment payments or means-tested social welfare benefits
- family income supplement payments,
- holders of medical cards,
- dependents of those entitled to any of these, are entitled to free tuition.
- Other unwaged people with no Leaving Cert will be entitled to a ?reduction in fees.
- Anyone else will be charged fees. All fees will be discussed after participants apply for the course of their choice using the online application.
- Applicants will then be contacted by the college before the course commences to inform them of any fees that may apply.
Will I be paid while attending a BTEI course?
Generally no, except for those participants eligible for full-time Youthreach/Traveller training programmes who do not have an underlying social welfare entitlement. They will receive a pro-rata training allowance from the Department of Education and Science, depending on the number of sessions they attend.
For people in receipt of social welfare payments, continued entitlement to benefit is ?subject to satisfying the Department of Social and Family Affairs as to their continued eligibility for the schemes. It is best to discuss individual circumstances with the social welfare office.
What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?
Participation in part-time programmes can provide the opportunities to:
- Continue your learning
- Obtain national certification by the Further Education and Training
- Awards Council (FETAC) – participants can choose to pursue certification ?when they are ready
- Develop new skills
- Pursue new employment options
For further details contact:
Tel: (021) 4255561