(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).
The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time courses for adults and young people who wish to return to learning. Anyone can take part in these courses but they are aimed primarily at those with little or no formal educational qualifications and there are no fees for anyone on a medical card or their dependents or for anyone with less than upper second level education. A programme may be offered for anything from 1 hour to 17 hours per week for up to 33 weeks per year.
CDETB colleges and centres delivering BTEI offer a wide range of courses at times which suit the learners. These could be in the mornings, afternoons, evenings or at weekends. All courses offer certification usually at Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate or FETAC Levels 3, 4 and 5. It is hoped that BTEI will allow those with family, work and other commitments to return to education and training and gain qualifications in their chosen area.
Courses offered include: Childcare, Office Skills, Computing, English, Business Studies, Horticulture, Cookery and Art.
The courses are available at a number of CDETB colleges and centres.