Back to Education Initiative

“Back to Education Initiative” is co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

What is the Back to Education Initiative

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for people aged over 16 years old 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. 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 employment.


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. In the current context, the BTEI enables providers to address the skills needs of unemployed people, in particular the priority groups identified in the Government’s activation agenda, and to develop part-time education and training opportunities for low skilled people in employment to gain qualifications


What will a BTEI course cost?

Courses under BTEI are free of charge to those

  • with less than upper second level standard of education i.e Leaving Cert, Full QQI Level 4 or 5 Award.
  • in receipt of Social Welfare Payment.
  • dependent on a Social Welfare recipient.
  • with a current Medical Card.
  • signing for credits.
  • CE participants.


How do I access BTEI courses?

The BTEI courses can be accessed by applying online through Once your online application is received, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to complete the remainder of your online application. Courses can also be accessed directly through the centre, please see contact details below. Course information and an application form will then be forwarded to you by post.  On receipt of completed online and postal application forms we will contact you 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 (click on links to courses below for more details)

QQI Level 3 Using Information and Communication Technologies in Everyday Life 3M0877

Subjects: Computer Literacy, Word Processing, Spreadsheets, Internet Communications, Graphic Design, Maths

Learning for Everyday Living 3M0874

Subjects: Maths,  Communications, Personal Effectiveness , also may include Hairdressing subjects, Woodwork, Horticulture, Cookery

QQI Level 4
  • Office Skills 4M2070:
  • Retails Skills 4M1998:
  • Information and Communication Technologies 4M0855,
  • Horticulture 4M1994:
  • Engineering Skills 4M2895
  • Culinary Skills 4M2063
  • Private Security : Guarding Skills 4N1118, Door Security 4N1114
  • ECDL
QQI Level 5
  • Healthcare Support 5M4339
  • Business Administration 5M2468
  • Beauty Therapy 5M3471
  • Early Childhood Care & Education 5M2009
  • Animal Care 5M2768
  • Horticulture 5M2586
  • Hairdressing 5M3351
  • Advanced ECDL


Links to Course Information

BTEI Course Advert August 2020 NT

BTEI Course Listings South Tipp Sept, 2020

Fetch Courses

FETCH Guide for Learners

BTEI Learner Detail Form


Contact Us

BTEI Locations: Roscrea,
Tipperary Town,
Address: BTEI
North Block,
Army Barracks Campus,
Dillon Street,
Co. Tipperary.
North Block,
Army Barracks Campus,
Dillon Street,
Co. Tipperary.
Telephone: 052-6125880 052-6176755
Administration: Maeve Maher Brigid Ann Whelan
BTEI Coordinator: Kathleen Grimes
Kathleen Grimes