What is the Back To Education Initiative?

The overall aim of the BTEI Programme is to increase the participation of young people and adults with less than upper second level education in a range of flexible learning opportunities. 

More specifically the BTEI seeks to:

  • Offer a wider range of choices, which are appropriate to the particular circumstances of learners
  • Expand provision of courses leading to certification or accreditation at FETAC Level 3 and Level 4 or equivalent
  • Offer a bridge from literacy to other programmes
  • Increase participation in ICT skills training
  • Develop work based education and training so that people in employment can attend part-time courses and gain qualifications
  • Address the skill needs of those in employment, not in the labour market, unemployed or under-employed

For information on courses available contact Regina Clarke or Siobhan Mc Entee in the Adult Learning Centre on 049 4361881 ext.2.

How do I qualify to take part in a BTEI Course?

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in the programme but priority is given to those with no formal qualifications.

Persons entitled to, or dependants of persons entitled to

  • A medical card
  • An unemployed payment
  • A means-tested welfare payment
  • A family income supplement payment
  • People with less than upper second level education

What locations are BTEI programmes taking place in Cavan?

BTEI courses are available in many of Cavan Adult Education Centres across the county.

Are the courses certified?

Yes if the individual successfully completes the course; certification will be provided through FETAC (Further Education & Training Awards Council) through the National Framework of Qualifications.  These qualifications are sought by employers and are recognised nationally.

Will I be paid while attending a BTEI course?

Generally, you are allowed to take part in BTEI funded programmes for up to 17 hours per week without it affecting your Social Welfare payments.  However, on certain payments you are expected to remain eligible for work.  You must furnish your Social Welfare Office with details of the course you are attending. However, it is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local Social Welfare Office.

For information on courses available contact Regina Clarke or Siobhan Mc Entee in the Adult Learning Centre on 049 4361881 ext. 2.