Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

What is the BTEI?

The BTEI is a part-time further education programme consisting of a range of accredited courses leading to awards on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), designed to meet the education and training needs of young people and adults.

Aim/Objectives of BTEI

The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. The objective is to increase the participation in a range of accredited learning opportunities and to facilitate access, transfer and progression to other education or employment pathways.

Who can do the BTEI?

Anyone aged over 16 years old, aimed principally at those with less than upper second level education (Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)).

What will BTEI cost?

BTEI is free to persons entitled to, or dependents of persons entitled to:

  • A full medical card
  • An unemployment payment
  • A means tested welfare payment
  • A family income supplement payment

Why do BTEI/What will I get from BTEI?

Participation on part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

  • continue your learning
    • obtain national certification
    • develop new skills
    • pursue new employment opportunities

Some examples of Programmes and Modules which may be undertaken include;

  • Employment skills
  • General Learning skills
  • Computer skills and Computer Application skills
  • English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)
  • General Office skills
  • Personal and Interpersonal development
  • Work Practices