BTEI (Back to Education Initiative)

What is the Back to Education Initiative?
B.T.E.I. aims to enable people to return to education by providing flexible, innovative opportunities to access a variety of adult education programmes. Courses are part-time, which allows people to combine learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

Who can take part in BTEI programmes?
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second-level standard of education — for example, if you left school without getting your Leaving Certificate.

What courses are available through BTEI?
The range of programmes on offer is wide and varied: Computers, Communications, Arts and Crafts, Childcare, Woodwork, Personal Effectiveness, ESOL and ECDL are just a sample.  Junior and Leaving Certificate subjects can also be offered.

Will I obtain certification for a BTEI course?
Getting a certificate is by no means compulsory, but courses generally lead to an award or certificate from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national awarding body. (These were formerly known as FETAC awards). Such awards offer pathways to employment and higher education and are nationally and internationally recognised. Other certification that can be obtained includes Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate and ECDL.

What will a BTEI course cost?
Courses are FREE to persons entitled to a medical card, a Jobseeker’s payment, a means-tested welfare payment, or a Family Income Supplement. Dependents of persons on such payments are also eligible. Persons who are unwaged and with less than upper second level education will be entitled to a reduction in fees.

Full fees will apply to those who do not fit into the above categories.

Will I be paid while attending a BTEI course?
Generally people will not be paid while doing a BTEI course but they will not lose any of their Social Welfare entitlements.  However on certain payments, you are expected to remain eligible for work.  It is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local Social Welfare office.

What locations are BTEI programmes taking place in Longford and Westmeath?
BTEI courses are available in many of Longford and Westmeath Adult Education Centres, and also in partnership with a number of agencies throughout Longford and Westmeath. Courses are run on a flexible part-time basis subject to demand. On average each module (class) will run for one or two sessions per week. Classes are offered throughout the year in the mornings, afternoons and evenings.

What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?
Participation on part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

  • Continue your learning
  • Obtain national certification
  • Develop new skills
  • Pursue new employment opportunities
Contact Information

Deirdre Foxe
BTEI Co-ordinator
Adult Education Service
Church St
N39 HR68
043 3327318

Anne-Maree O’Brien
Further Education Co-ordinator
Athlone Training Centre
Co. Westmeath
N37 X985
090 6424288
086 8293816

Patricia Egginton
BTEI Co-ordinator
Marlinstown Business Park
Co. Westmeath
N91 W5NN
044 9342111

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Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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