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What is the Vocational Opportunites Scheme (VTOS)?

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is a speical range of courses designed to meet the edcuation and training needs of unemployed people.

What are the aims of the Scheme?

The aims of the Scheme are:

  • to raise education levels

  • to gaining certification within the national framework of qualifications

  • to developing knowledge and skills relevant to the workplace

  • to progress to employment or to further education or training leading to employment.

Can I join the Scheme?

You can apply to join if you are:

  • aged 21 or over

  • getting unemployment payments or signing for credits for at least six months

  • Recipients of One-Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowances and dependent spouses who meet these criteria are also eligible.

What will it cost me?

  • Courses are provided free of charge

  • If you are currently getting an unemployment payment, you will instead get a training allowance equivalent to the maximum standard rate of Unemployment Benefit.  If you are getting One-Parent Family Payment or Disability Allowances  you will continue to receive payment in the normal way from the Dept. of Social Protection.

  • You will get travel (for distances over 3 miles) and meal allowances.

  • You will be given books and materials free of charge.

What does the programme involve?

  • 30 hours' course attendance per week (e.g. 6 hours a day for 5 days).  Courses last for up to two years.

  • Courses include a wide range of subjects and activities.

  • Certification is available at a range of levels, including Leaving Certificate, and  Level 5 Certificates of FETAC.

What Opportunities will VTOS offer me?

  • A chance to contine your education and training

  • A chance to develp new skills

  • A chance to gain certification at a range of levels

  • A chance to find good employment.

 ATHY FET (VTOS) Athy, Carlow  Rd., Athy.   Tel 059 8632044