Adult education courses are designed so that you can return to education in flexible ways. They take account of your particular needs and circumstances as an adult. There are part-time and full-time courses available. A number of organisations provide specialist help and advice about returning to education.
You don’t need formal qualifications in order to take part in many full-time and part-time courses that are on offer. Many courses are provided through your local Education and Training Board. These include adult literacy programmes and courses for early school-leavers, opportunities to return to study for the Leaving Certificate or other certificates and a wide range of vocational training linked to business and industry.
Some courses are generally only open to you if you have completed your secondary education. These include Post-Leaving Certificate Courses and college-based training courses for apprentices, as well as full-time and part-time third-level courses. However, you should check the entry requirements with the school or college as some courses make exceptions for mature students.
There are a number of education and training schemes and supports available that can support you to return to education and training.
Education and Training Boards
Since 1 July 2013, Education and Training Boards (ETBs) replaced Vocational Educational Committees (VECs). All services provided by VECs will continue to be provided by ETBs.
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