Further Education and Training or FET, offers a wide variety of life-long education options to anyone over 16. FET includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services. FET courses and programmes are provided by LMETB. FET courses are provided at levels one to six on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
FET is for anyone who is over 16 who wants to learn new skills or enhance existing skills to get the right job, progress to third-level or to support the achievement of personal goals.
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Adult Education Guidance Service
If you require further assistance The Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service is available to all people over 18 years of age and to those over 16 years and not in full time education, prioritising those who are currently not in employment. It supports such people in exploring their further education and training options while developing a personal progression plan. The Service offers one-to-one educational guidance; information on local and national courses; help with college applications and information on funding sources.
This professional service is free and confidential. You will find contact details for your local office below:
Louth Adult Guidance Service (laegis)
Centre for Continuing Education, King Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Adult Education Centre, Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Guidance Counsellor: Ann Fallon
Tel: 041 9842030 (Drogheda)
Tel: 042 9364643 (Dundalk)
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Meath Adult Guidance and Information Service (MAEGS)
ALPHA Learning Centre, LMETB, Abbey Road, Navan, Co Meath
Guidance Co-ordinator: Martin Bellew
Guidance Counsellor: Aisling O’Neill
Guidance Counsellor: Eilis Coyne
Grants & Allowances
There are a range of allowance schemes for jobseekers moving from Social Welfare to training or education.
Back to Education Allowance
You can apply for the Back to Education Allowance if you are hoping to attend a Post Leaving Certificate Course or Institute of Education, full-time. For further information on moving from Social Welfare to training or education please check www.welfare.ie for benefits and supports.
SUSI – Student Universal Support Ireland
If you are hoping to attend a Post Leaving Certificate Course (PLC) you may be able to get a student grant to help with living expenses while you are in education. Please check www.susi.ie for more information.
This website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education. Please check www.studentfinance.ie for more information.
FET Training Allowances
Training courses provided by the ETB Training Centres are free (except for evening courses) and you may be paid a training allowance for the duration of your course. You can also claim an accommodation allowance if you need to live away from home for the duration of the course or a travel allowance. You may qualify for a free childcare place for your child. FET allowances are not taxable.