Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)

What is the BTEI / Explanation?

The Back to Education Initiative (B. T. E. I.) provides part-time Further Education courses for young people and adults, particular priority is to target individuals and groups that experience particular and acute barriers to participation in education and deliver courses that reduce/overcome these barriers. BTEI courses aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Participation in BTEI part-time courses can provide opportunities to:

  • continue your learning
  • obtain national certification
  • develop new skills
  • pursue new employment options

There are a wide range of courses, all offering certification ranging from Level 3-6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Courses are offered on a part-time basis, in the mornings, afternoons, evenings or at weekends. Most courses are between 3-12 hours per week. There is no training allowance paid to participants on BTEI courses.

Cost of BTEI Courses

No course fees are payable by persons entitled to, or dependents of persons entitled to:

    • A Full Medical Card
    • An Unemployment Payment
    • A Means Tested Welfare Payment
    • A Family Income Support Payment

Persons who are currently in employment may be eligible for their course fees to be paid through the Skills to Advance funding stream, this may be 100% up to and including Level 5 courses and 70% for Level 6 courses. If you are eligible to pay fees the current cost is €150.00 per module (2019/2020).

How can I apply?

All BTEI courses are advertised on, you can apply directly through this website, alternatively you can contact your local BTEI centre for further information and application forms (list below) or you can contact your local MSLETB Adult Guidance Service (Castlebar, Sligo, Carrick-on-Shannon or Claremorris)

Contact Details for BTEI centres in MSLETB:

Castlebar / Westport / Achill Co. Mayo Area

Lucan Street,
Co Mayo
F23 FW70

BTEI Coordinator: Rosario Cooney

Tel: 094 90 38038
Email: [email protected]

Ballina / Belmullet Co. Mayo Area

MSLETB Adult Education Centre,
Abbey St.
Co Mayo
F26 E264

BTEI Coordinator: Geraldine Tighe

Tel: 096 71 652
Email: [email protected]

Claremorris / Swinford / Kiltimagh / Ballinrobe Co. Mayo Area

Co. Mayo
F12 F5W7

BTEI Coordinator: Noelle Staunton

Tel: 094 936 2762
Email: [email protected]

Sligo Area

Quay Street,
F91 XH96

BTEI Coordinator: Paula Dufficy

Tel: 071 9138412
Email: [email protected] 

Leitrim Area

St. George’s Terrace.
Carrick on Shannon
Co. Leitrim
N41 W2X7

BTEI Coordinator: Paul Hamilton

Tel: 071 9620024
Email: [email protected]

Locations of BTEI Courses available in Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim

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