Back to Education Initiative

Who is this service/programme aimed at?

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for people aged over 16 years old, aimed principally at those with less than upper second level education (Leaving Certificate (or equivalent)) who are interested in a range of part time accredited learning opportunities leading to awards on the National Framework of Qualification (NFQ). It gives individuals the opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. 

 

Brief description of this programme

The Back To Education Initiative (BTEI) is a part-time programme consisting of a range of courses designed to meet the education and training needs of young people and adults looking to enhance their level of qualifications. The aims of BTEI are to increase the participation in a range of accredited learning opportunities and to facilitate access, transfer and progression to other education or employment pathways. BTEI offers you a chance to continue your education and training, to develop new skills, to gain certification at a range of levels and to improve your chance to find good employment. 

 

Is a learner required to pay fees to participate? If yes, please give details

Usually not. Courses under BTEI are free of charge to adults in receipt of a social protection payment, or who hold a medical card or who have not yet achieved upper second level qualifications or equivalent. Department of Education and Skills (DES) criteria outline the situations where fees may be required.

 

How do I access this service?

The BTEI programme can be accessed directly through the centres, please see contact details below. Course information and an application form will then be forwarded to you by post.  On receipt of completed application form we will contact you in relation to your application and will arrange to meet you for course induction (subject to your application meeting the eligibility criteria).

 

List of BTEI programmes on offer and their accreditation levels

Templemore QQI Level 3 Certificate in General Learning (Communications, Mathematics, Word Processing, Internet Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Working with Wood)QQI Level 4 Certificate in General Learning (Computer Applications, Work Experience, Word Processing, Personal Effectiveness, Communications, Mathematics, Vegetable Growing, Food & Nutrition)

ECDL (Word Processing, Computer Essentials, Spreadsheets, Online Essentials, Powerpoint, Database, IT Security)

Roscrea:
  • QQI level 3 award in General Learning (Communications, Personal Effectiveness, Horticulture, Art & Craft, Woodwork, Computers, Food and Nutrition)
  • QQI Level 4 modules in Retail and Event Security
  • QQI level 5 award in Healthcare Support and in Childcare
Nenagh:
  • NFQ Level 3 Certificate in General Learning (Computer Literacy, Mathematics Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet Skills, Communications )
  • NFQ Level 4 Certificate in General Learning (Communications, Work Experience, Mathematics, Word Processing, IT Skills, Computer Applications, Spreadsheets, Desk Top Publishing)
  • NFQ Level 4 in Horticulture (Plant Identification, Care and Maintenance, Safe Horticultural Practice, Communications, Information Technology Skills, Teamwork, Horticulture Science, Establishing Trees & Shrubs, Growing Fruit, Growing Vegetables)
  • NFQ Level 5 Early Childhood Care and Education (Child Development, Early Care and Education Practice, Early Childhood Education and Play, Child Health and Well Being, Work Experience, Communications, Understanding Special Needs, Challenging Behaviour, Early Childhood Literacy and Numeracy)
  • ECDL (Word Processing, Computer Essentials, Spreadsheets, Online Essentials, Powerpoint, Database, Image Editing)
Thurles:
  • NFQ Level 3 Certificate in General Learning (Communications, Mathematics, Digital Media, Word Processing, Internet Skills, Spreadsheets, Personal & Interpersonal Skills, Career Preparation)
  • NFQ Level 4 Certificate in General Learning (Computer Applications, Work Experience, Understanding Interculturalism, Business Calculations, Information Technology Skills, Personal & Interpersonal Development, Communications, Mathematics, ECDL)
  • NFQ Level 4 Horticulture (Plant Identification, Care and Maintenance, Work Experience, Safe Horticultural Practice, Growing Vegetables, Horticulture Science, Horticultural Tools & Equipment, Communications, Establishing Trees & Shrubs)
  • Minor Awards: NFQ Level 3, 4 & 5 – Examples of stand alone subject options include:
  • ECDL
  • Advanced ECDL
  • Occupational First Aid (Level 5)
  • Cookery (Level 3 & Level 4 options)
  • Art (Level 3 & Level 4)
  • Desk Top Publishing (Level 3 & Level 4)
  • Graphic Design (Level 3 & Level 4)
  • Craft (Level 3 & Level 4 options)
  • Horticulture (Level 3 &4 options)
  • Computers (Levels 3, 4 & 5 options)
Clonmel: QQI Level 3 

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877
  • Learning for Everyday Living 3M0874

QQI Level 4

  • Culinary Skills 4M2063
  • Information and Communications Technology 4M0855
  • Early Childhood Education and Care Support 4M2014
  • Engineering Skills 4M2895
  • Horticulture 4M1994
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Intermediate Level – Component 4N1180

QQI Level 5

  • Animal Care 5M2768
  • Beauty Therapy 5M3471
  • Business Administration 5M2468
  • Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009
  • Healthcare Support 5M4339
  • Sports, Recreation & Exercise 5M5146
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Level – Component 5N1632
Cahir: QQI Level 3

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877

QQI Level 4

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Support 4M2014
  • Office Skills 4M2070
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Intermediate Level – Component 4N1180

QQI Level 5

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Level – Component 5N1632
Cashel: QQI Level 3

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life – 3M0877

QQI Level 4

  • Information and Communications Technology 4M0855
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Intermediate Level – Component 4N1180

QQI Level 5  

  • Healthcare Support 5M4339
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Level – Component 5N1632
Tipperary Town:  QQI Level 3

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877
  • Learning for Everyday Living 3M0874

QQI Level 4

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Support 4M2014
  • Horticulture 4M1994
  • Office Skills 4M2070
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Intermediate Level – Component 4N1180
Carrick on Suir: QQI Level 3

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877
  • Learning for Everyday Living 3M0874

QQI Level 4

  • Early Childhood Education and Care Support 4M2014
  • Engineering Skills 4M2895
  • Office Skills 4M2070
  • Information and Communication Technologies 4M0855
  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Intermediate Level – Component 4N1180

QQI Level 5

  • Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009
  • Healthcare Support

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Advanced Level – Component 5N1632

Killenaule: QQI Level 3

  • Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877

 

List of Community Education – BTEI programmes on offer and their accreditation levels

Nenagh:
  • NFQ Level 5 component in Care Skills;
  • ECDL; (Word Processing, Computer Essentials, Spreadsheets, Online Essentials, Powerpoint, Database, Image Editing)
  • NFQ Level 4 component in Establishing Ornamental Flowering Plants;
  • NFQ Level 3 component in Internet Skills.
Roscrea:
  • NFQ Level 5 component in Care Skills;
  • ECDL (Word Processing, Computer Essentials, Spreadsheets, Online Essentials, Powerpoint, Database, Image Editing) (in North Tipperary Leader Partnership)
  • NFQ Level 4 component in Personal Effectiveness
Newport:
  • NFQ Level 3 component in Four Stroke Engine Maintenance
Thurles:
  • NFQ Level 5 component in Working with Young People

 

Details of any allowances a service user will receive, (if any) for attending particular programmes

There are no direct allowances payable to students for these BTEI programmes. Students may apply for CETS childcare funding.

 

Contact Back to Education Initiative Service

TEMPLEMORE NENAGH* NENAGH
Centre Name: Templemore College of Further Education  Lifelong Learning Service Teach an Leinn
Address: Richmond,
Templemore,
Co Tipperary.
Martyr’s Road,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary.
Kenyon Street,
Nenagh,
Co. Tipperary.
Telephone: 00353 504 31007  00353 67 31845 00353 67 33437
Fax: 00353 504 31007  00353 67 46026 00353 67 32417
E-mail: kgrimes@tipperaryetb.ie  dryan@tipperaryetb.ie okennedy_murphy@tipperaryetb.ie
Co-ordinator: Kathleen Grimes  Deborah Ryan Olivia Kennedy-Murphy
Administration: Pauline Kirwan  Margaret Ryan Nuala Kennedy
Catherine Dooley
*Community Education – BTEI
Outreach Locations
  • North Tipperary Leader Partnership Newline Roscrea;
  • Nenagh Community Garden;
  • Newport Community Centre;
  • Killaloe / Ballina Family Resource Centre.

 

NEWPORT ROSCREA
Centre Name: Newport College Roscrea Education Service
Address: Black Road,
Newport,
Co. Tipperary.
Old Dublin Road,
Roscrea,
Co. Tipperary.
Telephone: 00353 61 378262 00353 505 22481
Fax: 00353 61 378501 00353 505 23349
E-mail: newportcollege@eircom.net youthreachroscrea@gmail.com
Co-ordinator Name: Clodagh Kelly Ester Mackey
Administration: Rosarii Ryan Emma Gleeson

 

THURLES CLONMEL / SOUTH**
Centre Name: Coláiste Éile Back to Education Initiative
Address: Railway Road,
Thurles,
Co. Tipperary.
North Block,
Army Barracks Campus,
Dillon Street,
Clonmel,
Co. Tipperary.
Telephone: 00353 504 21166 00353 52 6176755
Fax: 00353 504 21166 00353 52 6176755
E-mail: legan@colaisteeile.ie kmullaney@tipperaryetb.ie
Co-ordinator Name: Dr. Laurenz Egan Kaye Mullaney
Administration: Bernadette Gleeson Bridget Ryan
**Outreach Locations:
  • Further Education and Training Centre, Prior Park, Clonmel;
  • Further Education and Training Centre, Church Street, Cahir;
  • Further Eudcation and Training Centre, Killenaule;
  • Further Education and Training Centre,Hogan Square, Cashel;
  • Spafield Family Resource Centre, Cashel;
  • Knockanrawley Resource Centre, Tipperary Town;
  • Community Centre, Michael St., Tipperary Town.

 

Any Other Information

Learners can participate in part of a full award (on specific components) or go on to complete a Major award by successfully completing all the required components.For information on courses currently available through BTEI, please click here

Downloads

BTEI Cahir courses for Sept 2017
BTEI Carrick courses for Sept 2017
BTEI Cashel courses for Sept 2017
BTEI Clonmel courses for Sept 2017
BTEI Killenaule courses starting Sept 2017 3 fold flyer front & inside
BTEI Tipperary Town courses starting Sept 2017 3 fold flyer front
BTEI Course Application Form revised April 2016

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