Student Financial Support
THE RANGE OF SCHEMES AND MEASURES AVAILABLE TO ASSIST STUDENTS IN FURTHER EDUCATION COLLEGES INCLUDES THE:
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
Back To Education Allowance (BTEA)
Maintenance Grant Scheme
Fund For Students With Disabilities
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VOCATIONAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES SCHEME (VTOS)
The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) offers eligible participants the opportunity to return to full-time education while retaining their full social welfare entitlements together with a meal and in certain cases, a travel allowance.
There are a limited number of VTOS places in Sallynoggin College of Further Education. Applications are processed on a first come basis.
AM I ELIGIBLE FOR VTOS?
To apply for VTOS you must be at least 21 years of age by the course start date and
getting one of the following payments for at least 6 months (156 days) and still receiving a payment immediately before the course start date: Job Seeker’s Benefit, Job Seeker’s Allowance, One-Parent Family Payment, Illness Benefit, Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Deserted Wife’s Benefit/Allowance, Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension, Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance or Blind Person’s Pension
signing for credits for at least 6 months (156 days) before the course start date
are a registered Dependent Spouse/Civil Partner/cohabitant of a person eligible to participate in VTOS for at least 6 months before the course start date
have been made redundant and have received a statutory redundancy payment. You should have received Form RP50 from your former employer. You do not have to wait 6 months before applying for VTOS.
Note: Time spent on FET training courses, Youthreach, Community Employment Schemes, JobBridge, Tús, Carer’s Allowance and time in prison can count towards the 6 month qualifying period. However, you must be receiving a social welfare payment immediately before starting VTOS.
In addition to your social welfare entitlements, which you retain, you will also be entitled to:
Travel allowances (if you live more than three miles from the Institute)
Books and course materials will be provided for the duration of the course
Course and exam fees will be paid for you
VTOS gives eligible adults the opportunity to:
Return to full time education without losing benefit
Develop new skills
Gain certification at a range of levels
The courses provided under the scheme are full-time and may be up to two years in duration.
The main objectives of the scheme are to:
Give participants education and training opportunities which will enhance their employability.
Prepare participants for paid employment or to further opportunities leading to paid employment.