Back to Education Initiative

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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

Email: maryupton@wwetb.ie


Waterford City

Adult Education Centre, Ozanam Street, Waterford

Contact:

Angi Meegan      051 857611    

Email: angimeegan@wwetb.ie

 

Wexford

Wexford: Liz Duffy, New Ross Education and Training Centre, Butlersland, New Ross, Co Wexford.

Telephone: 051 447785

Email: lizduffy@wwetb.ie

 

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For further information please visit the Dept. of Education & Skills webpage, here: BTEI

 

To download a form for BTEI participation in Waterford City, please click here:

etb reg form

To download a form for BTEI participation in Wexford, please click here:

BTEI Application form 2015 2016

Resources for BTEI/QQI (formerly FETAC) tutors in Wexford are available here


 

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