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Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)


Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)

VTOS is a scheme which includes a range of full-time courses designed to meet the education, training and qualifications needs of people in receipt of a range of social welfare payments. Each VTOS centre will provide a different combination of learning opportunities.

To get information on learning opportunities under VTOS contact the Adult Education Officer in your local ETB. Visit for details of your local ETB.

You can also browse courses available through VTOS centres on Qualifax  the National Learners Database.

 Who are VTOS courses for?

They are for people:

  • Aged 21 or over and
  • In receipt of a Job Seekers’ Allowance or a Job Seekers’ Benefit or signing for credits for at least six months or
  • In receipt of a One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit, Blind Pension or Invalidity Pension for at least six months or
  • A dependent spouse of an eligible person for at least six months or
  • In receipt of Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance, Widow's/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension/Prisoner's Wife's Allowance or Blind Person’s Pension for at least six months. Conditions may apply in the case of Blind Person’s Pension/Deserted Wife's Benefit/Allowance/Widower's Contributory/Non Contributory Pension or Prisoner's Wife's Allowance.

Periods spent on FÁS training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative, Youthreach programmes and time in prison can count towards the qualifying period. Your individual circumstances may affect your eligibility. Check with your Social Welfare office visit for more information. 


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