Your Questions Answered

Details of who qualifies (is eligible) for the VTOS Programe are available on our How to Apply page.

You may also download Your Questions Answered in pdf format (170Kb).

What is VTOS?

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is a full-time general education and work related training programme for adults. The aim of the scheme is to provide unemployed adults with an opportunity to gain skills, confidence and certification which will enable them to enter/re-enter the work force, or progress to further education.

Who is elegible?

An applicant for VTOS must be at least 21 years of age and getting one of the following payments for at least six months immediately before the commencement of the course.

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • One-Parent Family Allowance
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Disability Benefit
  • Farm Assist

The following categories are also eligible to apply for VTOS, provided they are at least 21 years of age and can satisfy the Department of Social Protection that they have not been engaged in work for at least six months, and are in receipt of one of the following payments:

  • Blind Person’s Pension
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance
  • Deserted Wife’s Benefit
  • Widow/er’s non-contributory pension
  • Widow/er’s contributory pension
  • Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance

A person who received statutory redundancy but who has not been in receipt of a qualifying payment for the required period may be permitted to participate in a VTOS course after being made redundant. This applies solely to persons in receipt of, or awaiting payment of, agreed statutory redundancy, who are over 21 years of age and available for a full-time course.
Persons signing for credits for at least six months, and the Dependent Spouse of an eligible person can also apply, but will not receive a training allowance.

Periods spent in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance, on FÁS Training Courses, Community Employment Schemes, Jobs Initiative, and Youthreach, or time in Prison, can count towards this six-month qualifying period but a person must be getting one of the relevant social welfare payments immediately before the course commencement date.

Download the Elegibility Form in pdf format (76Kb).

What are the educational requirements?

There are none. A wide range of courses are offered from basic to more advanced levels. People who may not have had the opportunity to progress through secondary school are particularly welcomed. Short listing for courses may apply.

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20-03-2013 at 15:25:20

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