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What is the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)?

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) offers part-time further education programmes for adults and young people. BTEI gives people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

Who can take part?

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part, but priority is given to people who left school early and who don’t have a Leaving Certificate.

What courses are available?

Courses offered can include:

  • A wide range of programmes in general education, including communications, mathematics, computing.
  • Courses in Childcare, Social Care, Business and Office Procedures, Art and Design, Catering and Tourism.
  • Subjects in the Junior or Leaving Certificate.

All courses offered will lead to a nationally recognised certificate.

What does a BTEI course cost?

People who are unemployed or have medical card will be entitled to free tuition. Those who are unwaged and do not have a Leaving Certificate will be entitled to a reduction in fees. The remainder will be charged fees.

How do I find out more about BTEI?

Contact your local ETB (Education and Training Board) or click here to download a copy of the guidelines and application form.

How can I find courses?

Click here for list of  courses


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