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Education in County Kildare

Second Chance Education

  • Do you feel you missed out in your early school years?
  • Do you want to get up-to-date & relevant qualifications?
  • Do you want to improve your English reading & writing skills?

Second Chance Education ClassThere is now a multitude of opportunities for adults who feel they did not make full use of their first chance in education. Over recent years a range of programmes has been developed to facilitate adults who want to return to education. All these programmes have a friendly and adult feel to them. Your needs are respected in a personalised and caring manner. All you need to do is make the call.

Back to Education Initiative

The Back to Education Initiative will provide opportunities to return to learning for young people and adults, a re-entry route for those in the workplace who wish to upgrade their skills in line with emerging needs, and with its emphasis on part time provision, the chance to combine a return to education and training with family, work and other responsibilities.

The BTEI will build on existing provision, including:

  • Adult literacy
  • Basic and Community Education provision
  • Senior Traveller Training Centres
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
  • Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) programmes
  • Self-funded night-class provision in second-level schools and other centres

Guiding Principles

The following set of broadly agreed principles underpin the BTEI

  • Learner Centredness
  • Equality
  • Accessibility and Inclusiveness
  • Recognising and accommodating diversity
  • Innovation
  • Local Consultation and an area-based approach
  • Quality Assurance


For more information check out the Kildare VEC Website

  • Information Centre
  • PLC Courses
  • VTOS Centres
  • Youthreach Centres
  • Night Classes
  • Day Classes
  • Adult Basic Education
  • Community Education


Some courses are certified by FETAC and ECDL.

FETAC have a number of reserved places in third level colleges and this provides an excellent avenue of entry to third level for students who wish to continue to this level.

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