Supports available to people on a Jobseeker's payment - SW126


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Skillnets

Skillnets funds the Job Seekers Support Programme (JSSP) which is for unemployed people. It combines training with work placement.

For more information, log on to www.skillnets.ie.

Springboard

This higher education initiative offers you a choice of full-time or part-time courses including certificates, degrees, post-graduate and masters programmes. Springboard offers courses in sectors such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT), the Medical Devices Sector, Bio-Pharma, Pharmachem, Green Energy and other sectors.

For more information on Springboard, log on to www.springboardcourses.ie

Approved Training Course

Places on approved training courses (Education and Training Boards (ETB)) are open to all.

If you are receiving a payment and you apply for a place on an approved training course, you will receive a training allowance from the training authority for the period of the course.

You can also avail of an approved training course if you are signing for credits, however, no training allowance is payable to customers signing for credits only. Part-time or full-time courses help to develop your skills and knowledge in a wide range of areas.

Part-Time Education Option (PTEO)

The Part-Time Education Option allows you to keep your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit while you attend a part-time day, evening or distance course of education or training.

You must request approval before commencing the course from your local Intreo Centre or your local Branch Office.

To approve the course the Deciding Officer must be satisfied that the course is likely to improve your chances of getting a job.

Back to Education (BTE) Programme

This programme supports you to take part in educational and personal development courses (at second or third level) that will help you to find a job.

To qualify you must:

  • have been accepted onto a qualifying course,
  • in general, be over 21 years of age,
  • for certain post-graduate courses, be 24 years of age,
  • be receiving certain social welfare payments.

There are five BTE programmes and these are outlined below:

1. Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)

This programme supports you to take part in full-time educational courses (at second or third level) in order to gain qualifications that will help you to find a job.

To qualify you must be:

  • recommended by a Case Officer,
  • accepted onto a qualifying course,
  • over 21 years of age,
  • or
    • aged between 18 and 21 years and out of formal education for at least 2 years,
    or
    • over 24 years of age for certain post-graduate courses,
  • receiving certain social welfare payments,
  • and
  • be working towards a qualification on an approved course.

2. Second-Level Option

You can attend a second-level course of education at any secondary, community, comprehensive or vocational school. The course must be full-time and lead to a certificate recognised by the Department of Education and Skills or approved by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), for example, Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, Post-Leaving Certificate or an Access/Foundation course.

3. Third-Level Option

You can attend a third-level course at any university, third-level college or institution in Ireland or Northern Ireland, so long as the course is a full-time day course and is approved by the Department of Education and Skills for a student grant and/or is recognised by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI).

4. Post-Graduate Option

This option is only for customers aged 24 and over who wish to take a post-graduate course of study that leads to a Higher Diploma (H Dip) qualification in any discipline, or a Professional Masters of Education (PME) only.

To apply for the Post-Graduate Option, the applicant must be in receipt of a qualifying social welfare payment for 9 months (234 days) and in the case of a Professional Masters of Education (PME) must be in receipt of a qualifying payment for 12 months (312 days).

Only post-graduate courses in Ireland are eligible for the BTEA.

5. Education, Training & Development Option

Under the Education, Training and Development Option, you may continue to get your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development so long as you meet certain conditions.

You must request approval before commencing the course from your Case Officer in your local Intreo Centre or your local Branch Office.

Last modified:22/05/2017