What is the Back to Education Initiative?
The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for young people and adults, aimed principally at those who have not completed Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) qualification. It gives individuals the opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.
Who can take part in BTEI programmes?
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course, but priority will be given to those with less than upper level education.
What will a BTEI course cost?
FREE TUITION is available for those with: no leaving certificate or current medical card or Social Welfare Benefit / Allowance
Will I be paid for attending a BTEI course?
There is no payment for participation on a BTEI course. However, those in receipt of social welfare payments may continue entitlement to benefit 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 your social welfare office.
Will I obtain certification for a BTEI course?
We provide QQI Level 4 and Level 5 Certification on all BTEI courses. It is not compulsory for participants to avail of certification. They can choose to pursue certification when they are ready.
What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?
Participation in part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:
Make up for lost opportunities to learn
Obtain national certification and progress to higher education
Develop new skills
Pursue new employment options
Where are the courses available?
Co Waterford Tramore, Kilmacthomas, Dungarvan, Lismore Contact: Mary Upton, BTEI Coordinator 058 51407
Waterford City Adult Education Centre, Ozanam Street, Waterford Contact: Angi Meegan, 051 857611
Wexford Mary Walsh O’Shea, New Ross Education and Training Centre, Butlersland, New Ross 051 447785