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VTOS courses

VTOS consists of a range of courses designed to give unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to full-time education without losing their benefits.

Courses on offer include:

N.B. Adults are also welcome to apply for our PLC courses, Leaving Certificate & BTEI courses.

You may qualify for VTOS if you are 21 years or over and you are:

  • Getting Jobseeker's Benefit or Jobseeker's Allowance or signing for credits for at least 6 months or 
  • Getting One-Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit* or Invalidity Pension for at least 6 months or
  • Getting Blind Pension, Deserted Wife's Allowance/Benefit, Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Non-Contributory Pension or Prisoner's Wife's Allowance for at least 6 months (conditions may apply in the case of these payments) or
  • A dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of an eligible person
  • A person who received statutory redundancy but who has not been in receipt of a qualifiying payment for the required period.

             Periods spent on FET training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative, Youthreach programmes and time in prison can count towards the qualifying period.

             *If you are claiming illness Benefit, you should contact your local social welfare office about exemption / entitlement to continuation of your Illness Benefit payment.

What are the Benefits?

• Returning to Education
• Payments equivalent to your current Social Welfare payment
• No fees
• Meal Allowance
• Book Loan system and free materials
• You may be eligible for childcare support
• You may be eligible for a Travel Allowance

You can apply for a VTOS course by clicking


For further information contact:

Sylvia Caffrey, VTOS Co-ordinator,

Telephone: 01 - 8371692

Email: sylvia.caffrey@plunket.cdetb.ie



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