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.


Trevor Fennelly


Thank you so much to all the staff of VTOS for the past year. It’s been a great experience. It was October when I came to you (a month later than most) and with the help of the amazing tutors I’ve obtained my Leaving Certificate and closed a chapter of my life. Just goes to show, that sometimes you can teach us old dogs some new tricks!!




I completed my Leaving Certificate back in 1972. I was in VTOS from 2007-2010.

While there I studied the FETAC Level 5 Award in Information Technology. I was always treated like an adult in VTOS.  I thoroughly enjoyed all of my time in there, but the educational trip to the Dáil was my favourite.  Typing, learning how to use a computer and internet skills were what I found to be of huge benefit me in my personal and working life. I am now working as Activities Co-Ordinator in a nursing home.


Maria Power – Winner of Academic Scholarship in Carlow IT – 2011


Intermediate Certificate and Secretarial Course – a long time ago

From 2008 – 2010.

  • FETAC Level 6 – Word Processing
  • Information Technology
  • eBusiness
  • Leaving Certificate English and Maths

I liked it all – I got to Maths and English in the Leaving something I always wanted to do.  I loved the computers (most of the time) I learned so much at VTOS.

Computer Skills like word processing, publisher, book-keeping, Payroll.  I learned how to do projects something I had never done and how to present them properly.  PowerPoint was another.  I have used all of these in many ways, they have been a great help to me.

I am studying Higher Certificate in Office Management in IT Carlow.  I would not have had the confidence to attempt this if I had not been to VTOS.


Iris Agar – Winner of City & Guilds Gold Medal of Excellence – 2008

I had completed my Leaving Certificate, ECDL and Fás Level 5 courses before coming to V.T.O.S. I was in V.T.O.S. from 2005 – 2008. I completed the following courses:

  • Advanced ECDL
  • FETAC Level 5 Information Processing, Information Technology, eBusiness
  • City & Guilds Diploma in Computer Applications.

I was delighted to be awarded a City & Guilds medal.  I enjoyed the challenge in completing assignments and gained great satisfaction in passing exams.  I also enjoyed the friendship with other students.  I loved every minute of my time spent there.  I gaining a great grounding in all computer applications.  When I got a job with Veolia I was able to pass on some of these skills to my co-workers. I was made redundant due to the recession. However, I have applied to Carlow IT to do Office Management. I could never have done this but for V.T.O.S.


Pseudonym: Peter

I completed second level education many years before going to V.T.O.S.  I attended V.T.O.S. from 2007 – 2010 where I studied the following:

  • FETAC Level 3 General Learning
  • FETAC Level 5 Information Processing
  • FETAC Level 5 Information Technology
  • City & Guilds Diploma
  • ECDL
  • ECDL Advanced (3 modules)
  • Digital Creator

The aspect I liked best about my time there was participating, learning and making new friends.  I gained computer, communication and general learning skills while there.  Now I am studying a Higher Certificate in Business Studies in Carlow IT.



I completed my Leaving Certificate Exams  in the late seventies and then did a commercial course where I did typing (manual typewriter) and Pitman Shorthand, I also did a few night classes (ECDL and Sage)  and back in the earlier nineties I had my first introductory course into computers (spreadsheets, database and Microsoft works). I was in VTOS from 2007-2010. I studied:

  • FETAC Level 5 Information Technology and Information Processing,
  • Leaving Certificate (English and Accountancy),
  • ECDL Advanced (Word and Powerpoint).

I enjoyed every aspect of my time in VTOS.  The tutors were very helpful and provided a great atmosphere for both learning and teamwork amongst the students. Leaving Certificate English was a great help to me as it was over 30 years since I done the leaving and it has changed a lot.  I found essay writing easier because I had life experience to write about.  I am currently completing a  Level 6 Business Management  in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown.

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