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Financial Supports

1

BTEA–Back To Education Allowance

This scheme is for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. For current information on the scheme qualifying conditions, please contact your local Social Welfare Office.

2

Vocational Training and Opportunity Scheme (VTOS)

If you are over 21 years of age, unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS).

The VTOS scheme provides a range of courses to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people. It gives participants opportunities to improve their general level of education, gain certification, develop their skills and prepare for employment, self-employment and further education and training. 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR VTOS?
VTOS applications must be made on the special VTOS Application Form which you can download here. 
Ms Maureen Murnane
VTOS Co-ordinator,
The Sutherland Centre,
North Street,
Skibbereen,
Co. Cork
Email: maureen.murnane@corketb.ie
Tel: 028-40290
Fax: 028-22070


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Maintenance Grant Scheme

The Department of Education and Skills provides a means-tested maintenance grant for learners attending full-time Further Education courses. Information regarding eligibility and application details is available at www.StudentFinance.ie

Maintenance Grant Scheme for Post Leaving Certificate Courses 2017-2018
All grant applications must be made online to a single awarding authority SUSI (Student Universal Support Ireland), through http://www.susi.ie/

The Closing date for grant applications is August 1, 2018

Students who have completed a QQI Level 5 course and are now commencing a QQI Level 6 course are deemed to be commencing a new course and must also apply to the SUSI online system.
Any student coming direct from Leaving Certificate to a PLC course will not qualify for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and should apply for the maintenance grant.



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