V.T.O.S. (Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme) in Kilkenny provides a wide range of courses for people over 21 and who are in receipt of Social Welfare.

V.T.O.S. Kilkenny – Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)?
  • What are the aims of the Scheme?
  • What Opportunities will VTOS offer me?
  • What are the eligibility criteria for a place on one of our courses?
  • Payments while on a VTOS Course?
  • What does the programme involve?

What is the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)?

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

What are the aims of the Scheme?

The aims of the Scheme are:

  • To raise education levels.
  • To gain certification within the national framework of qualifications.
  • To develop knowledge and skills relevant to the workplace.
  • To progress to employment or to further education or training leading to employment.

What Opportunities will VTOS offer me?

  • A chance to continue your education and training.
  • A chance to develop new skills.
  • A chance to gain certification at a range of levels.
  • A chance to find good employment.

 

What are the eligibility criteria for a place on one of our courses?

You must be:

  • over 21 years of age,

and in receipt of at least one of the following:-

  • Jobseekers Allowance/Benefit (or signing for credits) for 6 months or more.
  • One Parent Family Allowance for 6 months or more.
  • Adult Dependant Allowance for 6 months or more.
  • Disability Allowance for 6 months or more.
  • Invalidity Pension.

 

Payments while on a VTOS Course?

  • Courses are provided free of charge.
  • A weekly lunch allowance is payable.
  • A weekly travel allowance is payable if a participant has to travel over 3 miles.
  • Participants in receipt of some of the above social welfare allowances for more than 12 months prior to starting a V.T.O.S. course may be entitled to an extra allowance per week.

What does the programme involve?

  • Courses include a wide range of subjects and activities.
  • Certification is available at a range of levels, including the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate, QQI Level 3, Level 4 and Level 5 Certificates, and City & Guilds Certificates.
  • Courses last for up to two years.

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