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Deciding what to Study

If you are trying to figure out what to study, this section will help you explore your options.

Course Options

Adult education courses are available for people in all circumstances and at all ages. We lookk at the many options available...

Financial Support

We discuss a range of financial supports that are available to encourage adults to continue their education.

Education, Training & Development

Under the Education, Training and Development (ET&D) option of the Back To Education Programmes, a person may continue to receive (subject to certain conditions) his/her Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.

Note: unlike the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) Scheme, this option is not a stand alone scheme. Persons who qualify under the ET&D Option continue to be paid Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit as appropriate, and must be available for employment for the duration of the course of education, training or development.

Courses which are not recognised under BTEA and which are being pursued at an institution which is funded wholly or partly by state agencies, may be approved under this initiative, if they lead to improved employment prospects on completion.

A broad range of courses may be approved under the scheme including: Personal Development, Literacy, General Training and Specific Job Skills courses.

Eligible participants must be:

  • At least 21 years of age or
  • Aged between 18 and 20 and out of the formal education system for at least 2 years
  • In receipt of Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit for at least 6 months
Further information on the ET&D Option is available click here

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