Entry Requirements

Donegal ETB offers a wide range of education and training courses each with varying entry criteria. Applicants will be interviewed and be asked to show their understanding of the course, their motivation for applying and their ability to manage the course requirements.

Donegal ETB is aware of the importance of adults choosing the right course and at the right level. If during the interviewing stage we feel that the course is not right for you we will refer you to the Donegal ETB Adult Guidance and Information Service who will help you look at your options.

The following programmes have specific entry criteria;

Youthreach Programme

The Youthreach Programme is open to young people aged 15-21 who left school early and have few or no qualifications.

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

To qualify for VTOS, applicants must be at least 21 years of age at the start of the course and be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare benefit or signing for credits for at least 156 days.

Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

Courses are free of charge to any adult with less than upper second level education (Leaving Certificate or equivalent) and those in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment or medical card and their dependents. Fees will apply to other applicants.

Post Leaving Certificate (PLC)

PLC courses are one year intensive Level 5 courses delivered in several second level schools in the county. A course fee of €200 applies which is waived for those with a medical card or are in receipt of the Back to Education Allowance or VTOS allowance. Applicants will normally have Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or FETAC/QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these entry requirements.

Training Services

Training Services courses are offered at various levels and are primarily designed to provide the skills, competencies and experience to enter employment. The entry requirements vary depending on the level of the course and the aptitude and skills required for successful completion. Aptitude tests and interviews are used in certain cases to select participants. For further information on training services courses you can contact course recruitment on 0749120542 or 0749120500.