BTEI (Back to Education Initiative)

The aim of the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) is to increase the participation of young people and adults, who have less than upper second level education, with an opportunity to return to learning in a range of flexible learning opportunities.

Part-time programmes under the BTEI are intended to make further education more accessible generally, to provide a re-entry route for those in the workplace who wish to upgrade their skills in line with emerging needs and to give them a chance to combine education and training with family, work and other responsibilities.

People eligible for these programmes include:

  • Adults and young early school leavers who left school with low or no formal qualifications or low literacy levels
  • Long-term unemployed, especially those in the older age groups
  • Those in the workplace with basic skills needs
  • Lone parents, and others with caring responsibilities
  • Non-Irish students who require literacy and language supports

The BTEI Level 4 programme with Whitehall College is a first step back to education.  Our taster programme commencing September offers learners an introduction to:

 Food and Nutrition

 Personal and Interpersonal Development

 Communications

 Health Related Fitness

 Word Processing

 Web Design

Our BTEI courses are free. The programme is part-time and classes will take place from 1.00 – 3.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Friday morning (may be subject to change) Learners complete one module at a time, working individually and together in the completion of course work.

CAREER PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES This programme is designed to facilitate those who wish to progress into employment or to a QQI Level 5 programme ENTRY REQUIREMENTS All applicants will be invited to attend a short informal interview and at which applicants must demonstrate their capacity to successfully participate on the programme.