Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

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What is the 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.

Who can take part in BTEI programmes?

  • Anyone who has left 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 courses are available through BTEI?

Courses offered can include:

  • Subjects in the Junior of Leaving Certificate e.g. Junior and Leaving Certificate Mathematics accredited by the State Examinations Commission.
  • A wide range of modules such as Communications, Personal Development, Office Skills, Computing, Childcare, Horticulture, Youth Work, Nursing Studies – FETAC Standards awarded by QQI
  • Access to Access Course     Link to :  Course Information and  Application Form
  • FIT – 4 – FET Course     Link to : Information Sheet and Application Form

What will a BTEI course cost?

Classes are free to applicants:

  • With less than upper second level standard of education i.e. FETAC level 4/5, or leaving certificate
  • In receipt of a social welfare payment
  • With a current medical card
  • Signing for credits

Will taking part affect my social welfare entitlement ?

In general, you are allowed to take part in BTEI funded programmes for up to 17 hours per week without it affecting your Social Welfare payments.

For people in receipt of social welfare payments, continued entitlement to benefit is subject to satisfying the Department of Social Protection as to their continued eligibility for the schemes. It is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local Department of Social Protection or Intreo office before accepting placement on a BTEI course.

What will I gain from taking part in a BTEI programme ?

Participation on part – time programmes can provide opportunities to :

  • Continue your learning
  • Obtain national certification
  • Develop new skills
  • Pursue new employment opportunities
  • Develop transferable skills that have value across a range of settings.

For futher information, contact the BTEI Learner Support Worker –

Ms Siobhan Coughlan,  McKendrick Place, Pearse Road, Letterkenny. – (074) 9168273  

Email :

Click on link below for Contact details on your nearest Adult Education & Training Centre running the BTEI Programme.