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Back to Education Initiative, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 from 11:00 to 12:30 (GMT)

Kilkenny, Ireland


Registration Information

Type End     Quantity
Horticulture at FETAC Level 4
You will need your PPS No. (and Medical Card No. and expiry date) to hand in order to complete this online registration form.
Ended Free  
Horticulture Components at FETAC Level 3
You will need your PPS No. (and Medical Card No. and expiry date) to hand in order to complete this online registration form.
Ended Free  
Courses with Vacant Places
Please tick this box if you are interested in finding out about any other BTEI course on offer e.g. childcare, healthcare, office skills, return to learning, business studies.
30 Jun 2014 Free  
Horticulture at FETAC Level 5 (Taster)
You will need your PPS No. (and Medical Card No. and expiry date) to hand in order to complete this online registration form.
Ended Free  


Event Details

Dear Horticulture Applicant

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) is currently recruiting for Horticulture Courses in a number of venues in South Kilkenny. All courses will lead to component certification through FETAC (QQI). Subject to interest, these courses will be offered in at least two of the following venues: Tullahought, Piltown, Kilmacow and/or Mooncoin. 

 In general, those in receipt of JSA/JSB and a range of other social welfare payments are eligible to participate for free of charge (up to 17 hours per week) without it impacting on their social welfare payments.  

N.B.: Applicants under the age of 25 in receipt of JSA/JSB will continue to be eligible to receive their current maximum rate of Social Welfare entitlement.  Check with your local DSP Office for futher information.

All BTEI classes are designed to provide an opportunity to refresh existing skills and/or to gain new skills and subject knowledge that is accredited by FETAC (QQI). The emphasis in all of our classes is on returning to part-time learning in a very supported, enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere.

All applicants with less than Leaving Certificate standard of education are eligible to apply for a free place.

N.B.: Applications may be accepted on a fee paying basis from those who do not meet the eligibility criteria. 

Further information regarding the BTEI can be found in the information given in our page profile and/or by checking out





Date of Registration Session


9.30 am - 2.00 pm          ( x 2 days per week)   

Horticulture (Level 4)

  1. Plant Propogation
  2. Garden Design
  3. Planting and Potting by Hand
  4. Plant Identification, Care and Maintenance,
  5. Team Working,
  6. Safe Horticultural Practice,
  7. Growing Vegetables,
  8. Establishing Trees and Shrubs,
  9. Hard Landscape Construction,
  10. Growing Fruit,
  11. Communications,
  12. Customer Service



This is a 2 year part-time course that will prepare learners for employment as general operatives in a horticulture setting and/or for progression to a range of Further Education options i.e. Major Award in Horticulture at FETAC Level 5 (5M2586)

This level is suitable for those who left school between the Junior and Leaving Certificate, or those who completed a number of subjects for the Leaving Certificate at Foundation/Ordinary Level.

The content of each course will help prepare learners to progress to a range of FETAC accredited programmes at Level 5.



To be confirmed

Horticulture Components at Level 3 e.g.

  1. Plant Propogation
  2. Planting and Potting by Hand
  3. Garden Design

 3 Applicants with less than Junior Certificate standard of education may like to commence their return to education with some horticulture components at FETAC Level 3. Your options will be discussed with you in greater detail at our upcoming Information/Registration session. To be confirmed

Horticulture Taster at Level 5 

One from:

  1. Plant Propogation
  2. Landscape Construction and Maintenance;
  3. Fruit and Vegetable Production;
  4. Plant Identification and Use



Subject to interest, one Level 5  component will be offered as a taster for those wishing to progress to a Major Award at Level 5.

Please note your first preference on your application form.


 To be confirmed
 Courses with vacant Places  All levels  Please note your interest in taking part in any course that is on offer through the BTEI e.g. Horticulture; Healthcare; Early Childhood Education; Business Studies; Office Skills; Return to Learning; General Learning.  To be confirmed

 Those seeking support with finding a course that suits their current learning needs are advised to make an appointment with a member of the Adult Guidance Service, Lr. New Street, Kilkenny. Tel: 056 7764448  

The BTEI forwards text reminders and/or course updates to those who register a mobile phone.

You are also asked to note that from time to time, class related photographs may be used in course related publicity.  You can submit a written request asking that your photograph is not used to our office in Lr. New Street.

Do you have questions about FREE BTEI COURSES - SOUTH KILKENNY -FETAC (QQI) ACCREDITED? Contact Back to Education Initiative, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB)

When & Where

Tullahought; Mooncoin; Piltown; Kilmacow


Tuesday, 12 November 2013 from 11:00 to 12:30 (GMT)

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Back to Education Initiative, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board (ETB)

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 What is the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI)?

The BTEI provides FREE FETAC (QQI) accredited part-time Further Education programmes for young people and adults.  The aim is to give participants an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.

When and where are BTEI Programmes available?

Programmes are offered in partnership with a number of agencies throughout the city and county on a flexible part-time basis.  On average each module (class) will run for one or two sessions per week.  Classes are offered throughout the year in the morning, afternoons, evenings or weekends.  The most popular class times are: 9.30am-2.00pm and 6.30pm-9.30pm.

What will a BTEI Course Cost?

Classes are free to all applicants:

  • with less than upper second level standard of education i.e. FETAC Level 4 or 5.
  • in receipt of Social Welfare Payment
  • dependant on a Social Welfare recipient
  • with a current medical card
  • signing for credits

N.B.: Subject to availability, all other applicants will be charged a fee.  The current fee is €175 per module. Please note that there are no fee paying places available during 2014.

Who can take part in BTEI programmes?

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a course being offered, however priority will be given to those who did not get the opportunity to complete second level education (or equivalent).

NB:  Due to the high demand for BTEI places on all programmes you are asked to note that fee paying places can only be offered in exceptional circumstances i.e. existing learners who have lost their BTEI eligibility since enrolling.

Will taking part affect my social welfare entitlement?

In general, you are allowed to take part in BTEI funded programmes for up to 17 hours per week without it affecting your Social Welfare payments.  However, on certain payments you are expected to remain eligible for work.  You must furnish your social welfare office with details of the course you are attending.  It is best to discuss individual circumstances with your local social welfare office prior to accepting a place on a BTEI course.

Will I obtain certification for a BTEI course?

All courses offer access to certification at FETAC Level 1 to 6 through the National Framework of Qualifications.  Levels 1 and 2 are offered in partnership with our sister organisation Wordaid. Flexible approaches will allow you to build up credits over time and achieve recognised qualifications.

What will I get from taking part in a BTEI programme?

Participation on part-time programmes can provide opportunities to:

  • continue your learning
  • obtain national certification
  • develop new skills
  • pursue new employment opportunities
  • develop transferrable skills that have value across a range of settings.

What components/programmes are on offer during the coming year?

The following are a sample of FETAC Level 3 and 4 Component Certificates and Major Awards which may be offered in partnership with other agencies:

Component Certificates:

  • Business Calculations
  • Communications
  • Customer Service
  • Healthcare
  • Health and Fitness
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
  • Personal Development
  • Teamworking
  • Art(Drawing)
  • Art(Painting)

Major Awards at Level 4

  • Catering Support (Autumn 2014)
  • Culinary Skills (Autumn 2014)
  • General Learning (New start up every 2 - 3 months)
  • Horticulture (Current)
  • Information Technology (Autumn 2014)
  • Office Skills (Current)
  • Retail Skills (planned for April 2014)

Major Awards at Level 5

  • Business Studies
  • Early Childhoold Education and Care
  • Healthcare Support
  • Horticulture

Major Awards at Level 6

  • Early Childhood Education and Care

The following FETAC Level 3, 4 and 5 component certificates/programmes are offered directly through this service:

  • Basic Education
  • Childcare
  • Healthcare Support
  • Information Technology Skills
  • Office Skills
  • Horticulture
  • Other modules may be offered subject to demand

Which course(s) will suit me?

If you are unsure of which course to begin with you can either contact the BTEI Office on 056 7795916, or make an appointment for a free consultation with one of our Adult Guidance Counsellors on 056 7764448.  In general, an Information/Registration Session is held before the start of each course.

Garda Vetting

A range of programmes on offer through the BTEI have a Work Experience element included.

NB: Those wishing to undertake their Work Experience placement in a setting with children and/or vulnerable adults will be required to undertake Garda Vetting.   As this process can take some time you will only be assigned to modules with a Work Experience element once you have achieved your Garda Vetting.

Is FETAC (QQI) certification offered through the BTEI?

YES, all BTEI courses on offer through Kilkenny and Carlow ETB offer certification as provided through FETAC (Further Education & Training Awards Council).  This is the qualification sought by employers and is recognised at National and European Level.   For further information on FETAC, visit their website

Which FETAC(QQI) level should I enrol for?

FETAC Level 3 (Junior Certificate equivalence on the NFQ*) is suitable for those who have left school prior to completing the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) and wish to return to education.

FETAC Level 4 (Ordinary Level Leaving Certificate equivalence on the NFQ) is suitable for those who have completed the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) but left school before completing the Leaving Certificate.

FETAC Level 5 (Higher Level Leaving Certificate equivalent on the NFQ) is suitable for those who have completed Introductory Programmes at FETAC Level 4 and/or the Leaving Certificate.

*NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications -

When do classes commence?

Classes commence throughout the year subject to sufficient interest.  However, in general Childcare and Healthcare Support at Level 5 commence in September.

N.B: Classes offered in partnership with other agencies are offered subject to local demand.

When should I enrol for BTEI funded classes?

Applications for BTEI classes are accepted on an ongoing basis.

How will I know if I have obtained a BTEI place?

Once the BTEI office has received your Full Application and Social Welfare Form (if applicable), your name will  be placed on a waiting list for the course(s) applied for.  You will then be invited to an Information/Registration Session for the course you have expressed an interest in.  In general, your place will be confirmed within two week of attending this session.

N.B.:  Based on our current allocation of funding, there is currently a waiting list in place for all eligible applicants with Leaving Certificate standard of education (FETAC Level 5) or higher.

Opportunities for Community Groups

The BTEI has built up a number of very close links with a number of partnership agencies throughout the County.  If your local community and/or voluntary group would like to offer courses leading to qualifications in your own community you are invited to contact us to discuss same.

We provide the tutors, deliver the programmes, and manage all matters relating to FETAC Quality Assurance and accreditation.

Back to Education Initiative

Kilkenny and Carlow ETB                                                             
Lower New Street, Kilkenny City

Co-ordinator:  Ms. Mary Butler

Tel:  056-7795916 (Lr. New Street)
Tel:  056-7721191 (Seville Lodge)
Fax: 056-7756484


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