Funding For Courses
Below are the routes which you may choose to follow in pursuit of financial assistance with respect to course fees.
Department of Social Protection: The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG)
In cases where your local Education Training Board (previously known as FAS) is unable to provide training in a particular field - and where the applicant is currently unemployed and seeking training in said field - Intreo / Social Welfare may provide funding for the prospective learner to receive such training at a private college, such as Pery Square College. One of the schemes setup for this purpose is The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG).
What do You need to do?
- Visit your nearest Intreo / Social Welfare office. All Intreo Placement / Social Welfare Officers should be aware of the TESG
- Demonstrate to your Intreo Placement / Social Welfare Officer that attending this course is part of your Action Plan to return to work
- If Intreo / Social Welfare deem the course you wish to attend to be an essential step in your Action Plan, they may fund you up to €500 per year for training. They will give you a form to be completed by us and returned to them for approval, this can be a quick process although at holiday times this may take longer so apply as soon as possible!
Under the Education, Training and Development Option you should continue to get your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.
Your Social Welfare Local Office may make special signing-on arrangements so that you can attend your course.
- Register for your course of choice
- Contact your Local Social Welfare Office
- Inform them of your intended course attendance
For more info visit: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/OperationalGuidelines/pages/bte_etdo.aspx
Back To Education
It is now possible for unemployed persons to return to either full-time or part-time education with an institution such as Pery Square College, and continue to receive income support payments.
Back to Education Allowance
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to do or take approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested.
Contact the college to get details of the courses available. We will advise you on how to get a place on the course of your choice.
If you are accepted on a course, you should notify the Department of Social Protection by filling in the Back to Education Allowance application form which is available from your Social Welfare Local Office.
For more info visit: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publications/SW70/Pages/ABacktoEducationAllowanceBTEA.aspx