The Back To Education Initiative provides part-time Further Education Programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education. Fees will not be charged for people who are in receipt of social welfare entitlements or hold medical cards.
The overall objectives of the BTEI are:
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered, but priority will be given to those with less than the Leaving Certificate. The BTEI is intended to make further education provision more accessible generally.
Courses offered may include:
The local BTEI Coordinator or Adult Education Officer will be able to advise you on specific courses available.
BTEI Programmes can run at various locations throughout Cork City depending on demand, as part of an area/community based approach.
Individuals will have different entitlements. Those in receipt of unemployment payments or means-tested social welfare benefits, and holders of medical cards, and their dependants, are entitled to free tuition. Other unwaged people with less than upper second level education will be entitled to a reduction in fees. The remainder will be charged fees.
Generally no, except for those students eligible for full-time Youthreach/Traveller Training Programmes who do not have an underlying social welfare entitlement. They will receive 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.
All course providers are required to offer national certification. However, intensive adult literacy and basic education courses may not be in a position to offer this during the first phase of the programme. It is not compulsory for participants to avail of certification. They can choose to pursue certification when they are ready.
Participation In Part-Time Programmes can provide opportunities to:
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