Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

The Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) offers part-time further education courses for those aged 18 or over. BTEI provides individuals with the opportunity to combine learning with family, work and other responsibilities. 

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second-level education. BTEI offers a range of education and training courses at NFQ Levels 4 and 5 National Qualification Framework (NFQ) running over six months to two years depending on the course. All courses are offered through the Further Education and Training Centres and in conjunction with the Community Education Programme in the community.


Courses are FREE of charge for those with less than an upper second level education (leaving certificate or equivalent). The participants eligible for free tuition are people who:

  • Have less than upper-second level education
  • Are in receipt of social welfare payment 
  • Have a full medical card 
  • Are in the workforce with low skill levels and who need opportunities to upgrade their skills in order to advance their career

Fees will apply to other applicants. 

For information about fees and eligibility, contact the Adult Guidance Service.

Contact Details 

FET Part-Time Programme Coordinator (BTEI)
Siobhan Coughlan
07491 20500/ 086 6023063

Adult Guidance and Information Service
Tel: 074 9178088

How to apply

For further information on BTEI options in your area, please contact the Adult Guidance and Information Service or apply online through

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Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) Programme Supports

The following supports are available while on our Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) Programme