VTOS Free Adult Education

VTOS PROGRAMME 2018 - 2019

Please come to North Kerry College for an application form.

What is VTOS?

 Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is a programme which is suitable for those adults who have been out of education and wish to return. It is a full time day course.

Who is eligible?

You must be over 21 years and have been receiving benefits for at least 156 days. In April 2009 the Department of Education and Science stated that people who have statutory redundancies are now VTOS eligible without the qualifying social welfare period.

What are the qualifying benefits?

  • Unemployed and in receipt of Social Welfare Payment.
  • Lone Parent Allowance.
  • An adult dependent or a person in receipt of Unemployment Assistance.
  • A person on Disability Allowance.
  • A person on Disability Benefit (you must apply to the Exemption Section, Dept of
  • Prisoner’s Spouse.

What benefits will I obtain

Welfare payment and any other benefits you already have such as:

  • Fuel Allowance • Rent Allowance
  • Mortgage Interest • Supplements
  • There is an extra allowance for long term unemployed.

How much will it cost?

  • No Course Fees
  • Meal Allowance is provided.
  • Travel Allowance (if you are staying more than 3 miles from the College).

What about Creche Facilities?

An allowance will be paid towards creche places in a community day care centre.

Course Content:

  • Leaving Certificate

QQI Level 3 course

  • General Learning

QQI Level 4 courses

  • Employment Skills
  •  IT Skills

How Do I apply for VTOS ? 

Fill out the VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) application form available in the College.

Applications will be prioritised on the basis of education need and the length of time you are on Social Welfare.

Places are limited so you should apply as soon as possible.

The Kerry Adult Guidance service provides educational, career guidance and information to adults. In particular to those who are thinking about or doing a VTOS (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme), literacy, BTEI or Community Education Course.

This guidance service assists students in making choices appropriate to their needs.

Email : vtos@northkerrycollege.ie

Student Services

North Kerry College of Further Education has a number of services available to students