Funding For Courses
There are several routes which you may choose to follow in pursuit of financial assistance, especially with respect to course fees.
Although Pery Square College is a private learning provider there are a number of student grant and funding schemes supported by government organisations for which you may qualify:
Department of Social Protection: The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG)
In cases where your local Education Training Board (previously known as FAS) is unable to provide training in a particular field - and where the applicant is currently unemployed and seeking training in said field - Intreo may provide funding for the prospective student to receive such training at a private college, such as Pery Square College. One of the schemes setup for this purpose is The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG).
- Visit your nearest Intreo office. All Intreo Placement Officers should be aware of the TESG
- Demonstrate to your Intreo Placement Officer that attending this course is part of your Action Plan to return to work
- If Intreo deem the course you wish to attend to be an essential step in your Action Plan, they may fund you up to 100%
EGF Funding Accepted: The EGF Andersen Ireland programme
The EGF Andersen Ireland programme was launched on the 9th, June 2014 by Minister Cannon for workers made redundant in late 2013 at the Andersen Ireland fashion jewellery manufacturing plant in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick.
This programme received final approval from the EU authorities in December 2014.
Further information about this EGF Programme can be accessed by following the link provided below.
Education, Training and Development (ET&D) Option
Under the Education, Training and Development Option you may continue to get your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit while attending certain courses of education, training or development.
Your Social Welfare Local Office may make special signing-on arrangements so that you can attend your course.
Register for your course of choice
- Contact your Local Social Welfare Office
- Inform them of your intended course attendance
For more info visit: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/OperationalGuidelines/pages/bte_etdo.aspx
Back To Education
It is now possible for unemployed persons to return to either full-time or part-time education with an institution such as Pery Square College, and continue to receive income support payments.
Back to Education Allowance
The Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) is a scheme for unemployed people, lone parents and people with disabilities who are getting certain payments from the Department of Social Protection.
The allowance can be paid to people who wish to do or take approved second or third level courses of education. BTEA is not an unemployment payment. Participants get a standard rate of payment which is not means tested.
Contact the college to get details of the courses available. We will advise you on how to get a place on the course of your choice.
If you are accepted on a course, you should notify the Department of Social Protection by filling in the Back to Education Allowance application form which is available from your Social Welfare Local Office.
For more info visit: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publications/SW70/Pages/ABacktoEducationAllowanceBTEA.aspx