Vocational Education and Training Options (VTOS)


The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) is a second chance education and training programme which provides courses of up to two years duration for unemployed people. To be eligible for the scheme, you must be over 21 years of age, unemployed for at least six months (156 days) and in receipt of specific social welfare payments. Courses are provided free of charge and meal and travel allowances are available. Courses are full-time and can last up to two years, with 30 hours attendance per week.

How to Apply

The VTOS scheme is operated through Education and Training Boards (ETBs). Contact your local ETB for information or search for a course on Qualifax.

If you don't know your local ETB you will find it on the Education and Training Boards Ireland website.

See Also

Qualifax VTOS Information

ETB contacts

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Website