VTOS (the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme) makes available a range of fulltime courses to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people.
The scheme is offered for a maximum of two years.
It gives participants opportunities to improve their general level of education, gain certification, develop their skills and prepare for employment, self-employment, and further education and training. > VTOS is operated through local Education and Training Boards (ETBs) including the City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB), of which Rathmines College of Further Education is a member.
It allows participants to receive their usual weekly payment and allowances (such as fuel etc.): in most cases the source of payment is transferred from the DEASP to VTOS.
Your college fees will be included in the grant, once eligibility has been confirmed.
There is also a small meal allowance, and travel allowance where applicable.
VTOS students are permitted to work for up to twenty hours per week
2. WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR VTOS?
Are you, or will you be, over 21 years of age on the start date of your new course?
Are you / your spouse currently unemployed / getting a payment from the DEASP?
Will you have been getting this payment for at least six months before the start date of the course you’re applying for?
If you meet the two criteria above, then you can apply for VTOS.
VTOS applicants must already have completed a college application form and your interviewer will have ticked the box marked “VTOS applicant”. Ideally you will have been interviewed by a tutor and have been accepted on to a course at RCFE.
Fill in a yellow internal VTOS application form. Please answer all sections of this.
You can also discuss plans with a Case Officer in your local Intreo office.
VTOS applicants will be required to meet the VTOS Co-ordinator in late August to provide evidence of their current DEASP payment (and duration of same) in order to secure their place on VTOS. A place will only be offered once all documentation has been processed.
Students in Year One of VTOS in another college of further education can also transfer to RCFE for their Year Two, and vice versa.