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B - Education, training and development courses

  1. What are education, training and development courses?
  2. How do I qualify?
  3. How do I apply?
  4. Will I still get my social welfare payment?
  5. Will I still 'sign on' in the same way?
  6. How do I look for training?

1. What are education, training and development courses?

A broad range of courses such as personal development or basic education to general training or getting specific job skills may be covered under Education, Training and Development courses. You must satisfy the scheme conditions and it must be clear that the course will enhance your employment prospects.

Courses must first be approved by a Case Officer (formerly facilitator).

You can arrange an appointment with a Case Officer by contacting your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office. .

Note:
Before you start, always check with your
local Intreo Centre or Social Welfare Office to find out if you are entitled to payment. The education, training development option is not available for persons opting to pursue full-time courses.

2. How do I qualify?

If you are aged 21 or over, registered as unemployed and wish to attend a course you must be getting one of the following payments or signing for 'credits' for at least six months (156 days)

  • Jobseeker's Allowance, or
  • Jobseeker's Benefit

If you are aged 18 and under 21 years and have been out of formal education for two years or more you can qualify if you are getting one of the following payments or signing for 'credits' for six months:

  • Jobseeker's Allowance, or
  • Jobseeker's Benefit

You must meet these conditions before you start the course.

Note:
Unlike the Back to Education Allowance, time spent on VTOS, SOLAS, Community Employment Schemes, Rural Social Scheme, Back to Work Allowance, SOLAS Job Initiative or Job Assist do not count towards the six month qualifying period.

3. How do I apply?

You should apply when you have secured a place with a school or college or an approved training body, by filling in form BTE 1. Return the completed BTE 1 form to your Case Officer in your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office.

4. Will I still get my social welfare payment?

You will continue to get your social welfare payment in the usual way, provided an entitlement to Jobseeker's payment still exists.

If you are getting a Jobseeker's payment and take part in a course that is organised and initiated by a Case Officer, you may qualify for a payment towards out of pocket expenses such as those for meals or travel, depending on your circumstances.

5. Will I still 'sign on' in the same way?

Your local Intreo Centre or your local Social Welfare Office may make special 'signing-on' arrangements where necessary.

6. How do I look for training?

Solas (formerly known as FÁS) is the National Training and Employment Authority. If you are looking for work or training, you should register with your local Solas office.

You can also get information about courses from:

Note:

  1. If you are taking an approved course of education, training or development you cannot get a training allowance while you claim Jobseeker's Allowance or Jobseeker's Benefit.
  2. All income that you or your spouse, civil partner or cohabitant get is assessable for Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement purposes. This means that any increase in income, for example by a training allowance or maintenance grant, will affect your Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement.

    Contact your Community Welfare Officer to see how extra income may affect your Rent or Mortgage Interest Supplement.
Last modified:05/08/2016
 

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