- To give unemployed people education and training opportunities
- To prepare people for paid employment or to further opportunities leading to paid employment.
Applications to VTOS:
- Complete online course application form (www.bcfe.ie) and attend for interview.
- Pay course deposit when an offer of a course place is received.
- Enrol with the Course Co-ordinator on Registration day during the first week in September.
- Register with the VTOS Co-ordinator after enrolling with the Course Co-ordinator.
Aged 21 or over, at least 156 days on benefit.
Eligible categories include:
- Job Seeking Allowance
- Blind Person Allowance
- Job Seeking Benefit
- Deserted Wife’s Allowance
- One Parent Family Payment
- Deserted Wife’s Benefit
- Disability Allowance
- Widow/er’s non-contributory pension
- Disability Benefit
- Widow/er’s contributory pension
- Invalidity Pension
- Prisoner’s wife allowance
- Registration takes place on enrolment day in early September
- Completed Forms include SW, CDETB Set-up, Registration, Travel, and Childcare
- A bank account is required
- Retain full SW Benefits and all Secondary Benefits
- Meal and travel Allowances
- No course fees
- Book loan scheme & basic course materials
- Childcare crèche allowances (Limited)
- Grant paid over summer holiday (Subject to conditions)
- CAO fees paid
- Part time work permitted (20 hours limit)
- Commences in mid-October
- Lodged in bank a/c on Thursday/Friday every week
VTOS is operated through local Education and Training Boards and is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school-leavers.
Students are allowed to remain on VTOS scheme for 2 years. If your course is longer than two years duration, you may transfer to the BTEA scheme to complete your course. The BTEA application is made through your local SW office.
Frank C Kenny
Queries can be made during VTOS office times.