What is the BTEI?
The Back To Education Initiative (B. T. E. I.) provides part-time Further Education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

The Back To Education Initiative 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

When are BTEI Programmes available?
Flexibility is the key word. Programmes can be offered on a part-time basis, in the mornings, afternoons, evenings or at weekends.

Objectives of the Back To Education Initiative
Increase the participation of young people and adults with less than upper secondary education in a range of flexible learning opportunities.
A priority of BTEI is to target the individuals and groups that experience particular and acute barriers to participation in education and are more difficult to engage in the formal learning process.

Who can join
Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in the programme but priority is given to those with no formal qualifications.

There are no fees payable by persons entitled to, or dependents of persons entitled to:
A full medial card
An unemployment payment
A means tested welfare payment
A family income supplement payment

Will I be paid while attending a BTEI Course?
Generally no, except for those students eligible for full-time Youthreach / Traveller training programmes who do not have an underlying social welfare entitlement.
For people in receipt of social welfare payments, continued entitlement to benefit is subject to satisfying the Department of Social Protection and their continued eligibility for the schemes. It is best to discuss individual circumstances with the local social welfare office.

Will I obtain certification for a BTEI course?
All courses offer access to certification at QQILevels 1 to 6 through the National Framework of Qualifications. Flexible approaches will allow you to build up credits over time and achieve recognised qualifications.

What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?
Participation in part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

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

BTEI (Sligo Office) BTEI Mayo BTEI Leitrim
Geraldine Tighe BTEI Co-ordinator Rosario Cooney ALO & BTEI Co-ordinator Castlebar/Westport/Achill Paul Hamilton BTEI Co-ordinator
MSLETBQuay Street



MSL ETB Further Education & Training CentreLucan Street


Co Mayo

094 90 38038



MSLETB OfficeSt. George’s Terrace,Carrick on Shannon

Co. Leitrim

071 9620024