Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) 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.  It builds on existing schemes such as Youthreach, VTOS, adult literacy schemes, community education and PLC courses. People taking part in schemes under the Back to Education Initiative may be eligible for the Back to Education Allowance.

What courses are available through BTEI?

Courses offered can include:

  • Subjects in the Junior or Leaving Certificate e.g. Junior and Leaving Certificate English and Maths.
  • A wide range of modules such as communications, personal development, business, computing, childcare, art and crafts, tourism, catering, sport and leisure etc. which are certified by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC). One or more subjects or modules may be taken at a time, depending on availability. In some cases work experience may be included.

Who can take part in BTEI programmes?

Anyone who has attended 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.

What will a BTEI course cost?

Individuals will have different entitlements. Those in receipt of unemployment payments are 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

Will I be paid while attending a BTEI course?

Generally no, but those in receipt of social welfare payments may keep their existing payments. You will not lose your benefits. Childcare costs are also covered.

BTEI Courses in SECAD area 2015

Area Venue Type of course
Ballincollig Yeats House, Barrack Square
Ballincollig Family Resource Centre
Ballincollig Headway
Carrigaline Parish Centre
Carrigtwohill Family Centre
Midleton Adult Literacy Centre, Bailick Ave
Youghal East Cork Further Education and Youthreach Centre, Golf Links Rd
  • Introduction to Beauty Therapy QQI 3
  • Drawing Painting & Textiles QQI 4
  • General Learning QQI 3
  • Horticulture QQI 4
  • Retail Skills QQI 4


Contact:  For all of the above courses contact Patrick Callahan,  East Cork Further Education and Youthreach Centre            024/92804/086 8532143

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