Back to Education

What is the Back to Education Initiative?

The overall aim of the BTEI Programme is to increase the participation of young people and adults with less than upper second level education in a range of flexible learning opportunities.

More specifically the BTEI seeks to:

Offer a wider range of choices, which are appropriate to the particular circumstances of learners
Expand provision of courses leading to certification or accreditation at QQI Level 3 and Level 4 or equivalent
Offer a bridge from literacy to other programmes
Increase participation in ICT skills training
Develop work based education and training so that people in employment can attend part-time courses and gain qualifications
Address the skill needs of those in employment, not in the labour market, unemployed or under-employed

How do I qualify to take part in a BTEI Course?

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered, but priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education.

Persons entitled to, or dependents of persons entitled to


A medical card
An unemployed payment
A means-tested welfare payment
A family income supplement payment
People with less than upper second level education

All others will be charged fees. The current fee is €50 per module.

What locations are BTEI programmes taking place in Cavan and Monaghan?

Programmes are offered in partnership with a number of agencies throughout Cavan and Monaghan on a flexible part-time basis. On average each module (class) will run for one or two sessions per week. Classes are offered throughout the year in the morning, afternoons and evenings. BTEI courses are available in many of Cavan and Monaghan Adult Education Centres.

Are the courses certified?

Yes, if the individual successfully completes the course; certification will be provided through QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) through the National Framework of Qualifications. These qualifications are sought by employers and are recognised nationally. Flexible approaches will allow you to build up credits over time and achieve recognised qualifications.

Will I be paid while attending a BTEI course?

Generally, you are allowed to take part in BTEI funded programmes for up to 17 hours per week without it affecting your Social Welfare payments. However, on certain payments you are expected to remain eligible for work. You must furnish your Social Welfare Office with details of the course you are attending. However, it is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local Social Welfare Office.

What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?

Participation on part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

Continue your learning
Obtain national certification
Develop new skills
Pursue new employment opportunities

Contact Information
Gemma Brady

Tel: 049 4361881


Carol Kelly
Community Education Facilitator
Cavan and Monaghan ETB Administration Offices
Market Street
Tel: 047 71914


Part Time Courses

(December 2021-Janaury 2022)


December 2021-January 2022 Cavan Timetable


December 2021-January 2022 Monaghan Timetable

For bookings: Email or call 047 71914.

Bookings can also be made by logging on to and using the reference code provided.


BTEI is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

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