Educational Schemes

Social Welfare Payments and the Student Grant

If you are returning to education and have been getting a social welfare payment you may qualify for the Back to Education Allowance or the student grant depending on your circumstances. You cannot get the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) and a full student grant at the same time. If

Fall in Number of Post-Secondary Courses for those with Intellectual Disabilities: There has been a significant fall in the number of post-secondary school courses available through Higher Education institutions for people with intellectual disabilities, according to a new report. In 2014 there were 16 such courses, running in 16 colleges throughout the country. However, by this year that had fallen

YouthReach: h If you have left school without any formal qualifications, the Youthreach programme can provide you with opportunities for basic education, personal development, vocational training and work experience. The programme is generally full-time, although part-time courses can be arranged. You can concentrate on a core training area of your choice but

Life Skills Training for People with Vision Impairments: The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) offers a rehabilitation programme entitled Learning for life for people with a significant degree of sight loss. This includes individuals with impaired vision since birth and those whose vision impairment has occurred later in life (for example, as a result of an

Rehabilitation and Training Services for People with Disabilities: There is a range of employment supports for people with disabilities to help with getting a job and staying in employment. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection provides these supports through local employment services offices and Intreo centres. Vocational training is provided by SOLAS. The Department of Health has responsibility

National Learning Network: What makes NLN different? h National Learning Network provides training and specialist support to people who, for a variety of reasons, may find it difficult to gain employment. Whatever your circumstances – whether you are long-term unemployed, have an illness or a disability – National Learning Network can help you.  As Ireland’s largest non-governmental education and training organisation,

CARA Sport Inclusion: Disability Inclusion Training This workshop is designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills and ideas on how to adapt and modify your sport, physical activity or physical education sessions to make them more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities. Attendees will be engaged through interactive group work, theory content and

Lámh: Intellectual Disability Communication

Lámh: Lámh is a manual sign system used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Lámh signs are used to support communication. Lámh was developed in order to have a standardised, Irish-based manual sign system for those with intellectual disabilities and communication needs. Lámh is the accepted sign system for

Back to Education Allowance

Back to Education Allowance: If you are unemployed, parenting alone or have a disability and are getting certain payments from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP), you may take part in a second-or third-level education course and get a Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). If you want

Education Schemes

Education Schemes: Many people including early school leavers, unemployed people and those who want to retrain for a new job may be interested in returning to education on a full-time or part-time basis. If you are interested in returning to education, there are a number of organisations and resources where you