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Back to Education Programmes

Learn about the different Back to Education programmes available.


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There are a number of schemes available for people who wish to return to education if they are long term unemployed. Your eligibility for these schemes depends on your situation, and the level of education you have already reached.

These range from part time to full time options, and you have the choice of returning to second level, thir level, or postgraduate study.

What Back to Education Programmes are available?

Take a look at all of the different programmes available to find out what might be best for you.

Back to Education Initiative

The Back to Education Initiative is a part time further education courses for people aged over 16 who left full time education with less than an upper second level qualification (such as the Leaving Cert).

Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

The BTEA is an educational opportunities scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are receiving benefit payments from the Department of Social Protection. There are three different payments available depending on what type of course you would like to do.

Part-Time Education Option

The Part-Time Education Option (PTEO) allows you to keep your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit and attend a part-time day or evening course for education or training.

Education, Training and Development Option

The Education, Training and Development Option are short courses that let you retain your jobseeker's payment.

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Published October 14th, 2016
Last updated July 18th, 2018
Tags education employment social welfare social welfare scheme
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