General Learning (BTEI/Skills to Compete)

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.
Skills to Compete is an initiative to support those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and wish to re-enter the workforce. See here for details.

General Learning offers a chance to enhance your knowledge and skills in a broad range of subjects in a friendly and supportive environment.  Candidates who haven’t completed Leaving Certificate take up this course to complete their schooling, to try new subjects at an accessible level, as a stepping stone to further education, to improve employment prospects and to gain confidence.

Course Content*

Mathematics, Communications, IT Skills, Personal Effectiveness, Work Experience, Human Biology, Drawing/Painting, Word Processing

(*Subject to change)

Certification

QQI Level 4

Duration

1 year

Entry Requirements

All BTEI applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also. All students who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.

Progression

Students who successfully complete the programme will be in a good position to progress onto further education. Many of our students have obtained places on Level 5 courses in the following areas: Computers, Healthcare, Childcare, Art & Design, Community Development, Science, Media & Communications.

How to Apply

Apply online here

Apply by selecting  ‘Department Choice 1’ →  ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’ → ‘General Learning’

BTEI Coordinator: namara.lindsay@cdcfe.cdetb.ie