Description of Scheme

VTOS Enquiry Form The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is an educational opportunities scheme for unemployed persons which is funded by the Department of Education and Science with assistance from the European Social Fund. The Scheme is operated through the Education and Training Boards (ETB’s) and provides a special range of courses designed to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people.

The aims of the scheme are

  • to give unemployed people education and training opportunities which will develop their employability
  • to prepare people to go into paid employment or on to further education leading to paid employment


VTOS Eligibility Requirements
  • VTOS, aged 21 and over and be in receipt of unemployment payment for 156 days (6 months).
VTOS Programme Supports
  • Receive a VTOS Allowance equivalent to your Jobseekers Benefit or Jobseekers Allowance instead of your Jobseekers payment
  • VTOS participants under 26 who move from a Jobseekers payment (reduced because of age) will get a rate of €160 per week
  • If you are returning to the course for a second year you will be paid during the summer months. You can work in the afternoons, evenings, weekends and summer and your VTOS payment is not affected.
  • Travel Allowance
  • Career Guidance is provided
  • Free Books are provided

Application Form

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