Education and training

Overview: Education and training

An overview of the options for jobseekers who want to return to education or training or to retrain in a new area.

Funding for education and training

There are different sources of funding for education and training. Some schemes give you a training allowance and others allow you to keep your social welfare payment when you are doing certain education courses.

Back to Education Allowance

The Back to Education Allowance scheme helps people who are unemployed, are getting a One-Parent Family Payment or have a disability, to attend approved second-or third-level education courses.

Back to Education Programme

This Programme can support you to take part in educational and personal development courses to help you to access employment.

Further Education and Training (FET) courses

Information about Further Education and Training (FET) training courses provided in Education and Training Board Training Centres, including eligibility conditions and allowances

Post Leaving Certificate courses

Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses offer a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience to school leavers and adult participants.


Provides free, part-time, third-level and retraining places for jobseekers and unemployed people.

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme

The VTOS scheme offers education and training courses for jobseekers and others getting certain social welfare payments.


Youthreach provides opportunities for people who left school without formal qualifications to build on their basic education and improve work skills.