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Back to Education Programme

Contents

Back to Education Programme

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A – Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

1. What is the Back to Education Allowance

(BTEA)?

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2. What are the study options?

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3. How do I qualify for BTEA?

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4. How do I apply?

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5. Rate of payment

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6. Do you monitor the Allowance?

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7. Can I appeal against a decision?

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B – Education, training and development courses

1. What are education, training and

development courses?

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2. How do I qualify?

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3. How do I apply?

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4. Will I still get my social welfare payment?

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5. Will I still ‘sign on’ in the same way?

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6. How do I look for training?

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August 2017
Qualifying conditions for our schemes change from time to time. Always check with your local Intreo Centre, your local Social Welfare Office or with Information Services to see if qualifying conditions have changed (see page 25 for contact details).
The information in this booklet is correct at the time of publication. This booklet is intended as a guide only, and is not a legal interpretation.

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C – Part-time education courses

1. What are part-time education courses?

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2. How do I apply?

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D – Adult Basic Education

1. What is Adult Basic Education?

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2. How do I apply?

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E – Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

1. What is the Vocational Training

Opportunities Scheme?

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2. How do I qualify?

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3. How do I apply?

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4. How is VTOS paid?

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5. Do I still ‘sign on’ in the same way?

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Where can I get more information?

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Back to Education Programme
If you missed out on educational opportunities when you were younger or if you need to update your skills to compete more successfully for a job, the Department of Social Protection may be able to help.
We run a range of second chance education programmes to help unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities improve their skills and qualifications.
This publication outlines a number of ways that you can return to full-time or part-time education while continuing to get income support. The programmes range from basic foundation courses through to third level postgraduate courses.
If you wish to take a full-time second or third level course, you may qualify for a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). You may continue to get your current social welfare payment if you are thinking of participating in other part time courses of education, training or development, subject to prior approval by this Department.
The Back to Education Programme covers the following study options:
• Second level education courses
• Third level education courses
• Education, training and development courses
• Part-time education courses.
Also, the Department of Education and Skills runs the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) which is particularly suitable if you have been out of school for some time.
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A - Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
1. What is the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)?
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection. The allowance can be paid to people who wish to pursue approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. The Allowance is paid instead of the Social Welfare Payment that entitled you to take part in the BTEA scheme. If you are signing for unemployment credits or submitting medical certificates for illness credits, you may apply to take part in the scheme but you will not receive any payment from the Department of Social Protection. From 1 June 2014, new applications must be assessed by a Case Officer.
2. What are the study options?
There are two study options under the scheme: • Second Level Option • Third Level Option.
Second Level Option You can attend a second level course of education at any community, comprehensive, secondary or vocational school.
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The course must be: • full-time day course, and • lead to a qualification recognised by the Department of
Education and Skills, or • lead to a qualification approved by Quality and
Qualifications Ireland (QQI) up to level 6. Courses include the Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) or a National Diploma (BTEC). Also, full-time third level Foundation or Access courses of education are recognised under the Second Level Option of the BTEA scheme.
Third Level Option You can take a third level course at any approved university, third level college or institution as long as it is: • a full-time day course, and • approved by the Department of Education and Skills for the
Student Grant Scheme (under the Student Support Act 2011 and administered by SUSI, or • recognised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).
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Note The postgraduate option of the BTEA scheme is only for people who wish to take: • a postgraduate course of study that leads to a
Higher Diploma (H. Dip.) qualification in any discipline, or • a Professional Masters of Education (Primary or Secondary teaching). Only postgraduate courses in Ireland are eligible for the BTEA scheme. Other postgraduate qualifications including a Master’s degree are not recognised for BTEA purposes. You will not get the BTEA if you already hold a postgraduate qualification.
3. How do I qualify for BTEA?
The BTEA is for a wide range of people who might want to return to education, so people qualify in different ways, depending on their age and circumstances. To qualify you must be: • aged 18 and under 21 and out of formal education for two
years, • aged at least 21, or • aged at least 24 if you want to pursue postgraduate study,
and • getting one of the following for at least,
• 3 months (78 days of unemployment) for the Second Level Option
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• 9 months (234 days of unemployment) for the Third Level Option — Jobseeker’s Allowance or Benefit, — Farm Assist, — One-Parent Family Payment, — Jobseekers Transition Payment, — Deserted Wife’s Allowance or Benefit, — Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension, — Prisoner's Wife’s Allowance, or — Carer’s Allowance.
You can also apply for BTEA if you are: • aged at least 18, or • aged at least 24 if you want to do postgraduate study, and • getting one of the following for at least,
• 3 months (78 days of unemployment) for the Second Level Option
• 9 months (234 days of unemployment) for the Third Level Option
• 12 months (312 days) for the Professional Masters of Education — Blind Pension, — Disability Allowance, — Invalidity Pension, — Incapacity Supplement (based on a life Disablement Pension), or — *Two years for Illness Benefit. 7

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*Time spent on Illness Benefit can count towards the qualifying period, as long as at least 50% of the qualifying period was spent on the relevant social welfare payment that actually qualifies you to take part in the BTEA scheme. However, the 50% rule is relaxed for persons in receipt of Illness Benefit and who subsequently qualifies for another qualifying illness related payment.
Number of unemployment days which are paid or credited in accordance with jobseekers legislation.
Persons awarded Statutory Redundancy under Irish legislation may have immediate access to the BTEA scheme, (or within one year of the award of the Statutory Redundancy) provided an entitlement to a relevant Social Welfare payment is established immediately prior to commencing an approved course of study. However, persons who opt for a voluntary redundancy scheme cannot have immediate access to BTEA.
In general, the approved full-time course must lead to a higher qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications other than that already held. Existing graduates should not have an entitlement to BTEA to pursue a course at a similar qualification level. If a person holds a Fetac level 4 qualification, they must be progressing to a level 5 qualification. A person who already holds a level 7 ordinary degree can only apply for the one year add-on honours degree course. They are not eligible to start a new four year level 8 degree course.
BTEA can be approved for a person who already holds a Level 5 or 6 qualification under the National Framework of Qualifications to undertake a course at the same level. This change in the progression rule only applies in certain limited circumstances to second level courses at level 5 and 6.
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Note
• Time spent on BTEA, VTOS, Full-time Solas Training course, Tús, National Internship Scheme, Work Placement Programme, Part-Time Job Incentive Scheme, Community Employment Schemes, Social Economy Programme, Rural Social Scheme, Back to Work Enterprise Scheme, Short Term Enterprise Scheme, Gateway, JobPath or Job Assist may count towards the qualifying period.
This provision applies only in cases where the applicant has established an entitlement to a qualifying social welfare payment immediately prior to commencement of their course. Periods spent on any qualifying payment and periods on other activation schemes which are not broken by more than 12 months (52 weeks) may be used in determining the qualifying period criteria.
Only in circumstances where a Case Officer is satisfied that a course of study represents a better activation option, should an applicant cease engagement on these programmes prior to completion.
Eligibility to BTEA does not extend to Qualified Adults of participants of these schemes.
• Time spent on Youthreach can count towards the qualifying period for BTEA once an entitlement to a relevant social welfare payment before, or after completion of the Youthreach Programme.
• Time spent on Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) or Direct Provision from the Health Service Executive can count towards the qualifying period for BTEA provided an entitlement to a relevant social welfare payment is established before starting the course of education. 9

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Note continued

• Time spent on Supplementary Welfare Allowance (SWA) or Direct Provision from the Health Service Executive can count towards the qualifying period for BTEA provided an entitlement to a relevant social welfare payment is established before starting the course of education.

• In the case where a person drops out of one of these schemes a case officer may recommend BTEA as a better intervention.

• Time spent in prison within the state can be taken, or count towards the qualifying period for BTEA, provided an entitlement to a relevant social welfare payment is established prior to starting an approved course of education.

• If you qualify for ‘credited contributions’, prior to starting an approved course of study, you will continue to get ‘credits’ while you are on BTEA.

• You must be starting your course at year one.

However, you can apply * if you:

a) Are exempt from part of your course because of a qualification you received in previous course. For example, you have a higher certificate in a course that you now wish to pursue to degree level.

b) Completed the earlier year(s) of the course as a part-time student.

c) Had completed the earlier year(s) on a full-time

basis before becoming unemployed, or being

made redundant and receiving statutory

redundancy from their full-time employment,

(jobseekers opting for voluntary redundancy are

excluded from this provision).

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* Subject to satisfying the other scheme conditions.
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