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Back to Education Initiative

Back to Education Initiative is aimed at people who left school before getting a Leaving Cert.


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If you left school after your Junior Cert without completing your Leaving Certificate and you think you'd like to return to education, then the Back to Education Initiative might be for you.

What is the Back to Education Initiative?

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time further education courses for people aged over 16 who left full time education with less than an upper-second level qualification. This means if you left school before completing your Leaving Cert, then you may be eligible for BTEI. Priority is given to those who are the most educationally disadvantaged. 

Most BTEI courses are level 3 and 4 on the National Qualifications Framework. You can study only part-time under the BTEI. You can take part in BTEI if you are working and on a low income. The initiative is to give people an opportunity to combine their learning with family, work and other commitments. 

How do I qualify?

You qualify for BTEI if you have:

Do I receive payment if I take part?

Generally, a training allowance is not paid to participants. If you are getting a social welfare payment, you can keep your payment and participate in BTEI as long as you continue to satisfy the conditions attached to your payment. 

If you are not entitled to a social welfare payment, but you are eligible for Youthreach, then you may be paid a proportional training allowance.

How do I apply? 

Apply to your local Education and Training Board.

For more information check out the Citizens Information Website.

Find out about other back to education programmes here.

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Published September 21st, 2016
Last updated November 3rd, 2017
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