VTOS Newbridge is now located on the top floor (2) of the new Medical/Dental Centre (Aras Slainte) on Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.   You are all very welcome to call up for an informal chat on 8th May from 10.30 to 1pm for the VTOS OPEN DAY.   This is an opportunity to chat to tutors, enquire about courses, book a place and enjoy free refreshments.  The VTOS co-ordinator will also be here to chat to you.   There will also be some students here who have completed the VTOS Programme and will share their experiences with you.    

If you are unemployed, over 21 and in receipt of Social Welfare benefits for 6 months or more, you could be eligible to get back into education here in VTOS Newbridge.   You can study Childcare,  Community Health Care,  Art/Craft/Design,  Business Studies,  IT Studies as well as 3rd Level Preparation.  All books, materials etc are provided free of charge.  Courses are full time from September to May 2015 and the qualification is FETAC Level 5 (now QQI) which is the equivalent to Leaving Cert in a vocational area.    You could then go straight into employment or build on your FETAC 5 and progress to 3rd Level Education at Institutes of Education or Universities.

(Remember that Co. Kildare VEC is now called KWETB since merging with Co. Wicklow VEC.  The combined VECs are now known as Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Boards.)


Click here for link to kwetb.ie website (Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Board) where you will find further details on Autumn Courses.

Enrolment Dates:
Adult Basic & Community Education Centre, Jigginstown, Naas, Co. Kildare (p/time/evening)
Enrolments this week Monday to Thursday 12th Sept from 10am to 4pm.
Piper's Hill College, Kilashee, Naas, Co. Kildare (evening classes)
Enrolments on Tuesday September 17th from 7 - 9.30 pm

St. Conleth's Community College,  Station Road, Newbridge. (evening classes)
Enrolments Tuesday 17th September from 7 - 9 pm

Kildare Adult Learning Centre, Abbeyview House, Kildare Town (part time day/evening)
Adult & Basic Education Classes
- Enrolments Thursday 12th Sept from 10am to 4pm
BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) part-time courses - Enrolments Thursday 12th Sept 10am to 4pm

Athy College, Athy (evening classes)
Enrolments on Thursday 12th Sept from 7 to 8pm
Also on Friday September 20th from 1.30 to 2.30 pm
BTEI (part-time day/evening)

Leixlip/Celbridge/Maynooth (part time/evening classes)
Enrolments Monday 9th to Thursday 12th Sept. from 10am to 1pm and 7 to 8 pm.
(Contact Mary Faughnan at 01/6246528)

Information Meeting - Monday 26th August 2013 at 10am
in St. Conleth's Community College, Station Road, Newbridge.  (Phone:  045 4314  

Wider Options is a one year programme.  Classes are in the morning to suit people with school going children.  It is suitable for beginners and level of qualification is QQI (FETAC) 5.
There are also a wide range of other PLC courses available.

So if you :

  • have been in the home for a number of years
  • wish to explore new career options
  • have school going children
  • are unemployed
  • would like to update your computer skills

Then this course might be the one for you!

New contact details for Kildare and Wicklow ETB …. www.kwetb.ie
CEO: Mr Sean Ashe

ETB Naas Office: 045- 988000  ……. ETB Wicklow Town Office: 0404-60500
1st July, 2013- Education and Training Boards replace VECs

Major reform will deliver more than €2m savings annually

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has today announced the establishment of 16 new Education and Training Boards (ETBs), that will replace the 33 Vocational Education Committees (VECs). 

Minister Quinn said: “Today marks a new era for education and training in Ireland. The new ETBs will strengthen locally managed education and enhance the scale of local education and training. This represents a major component of the public service transformation agenda. At a time when the need for training and reskilling has never been more important, it is crucial to provide appropriate programmes and courses that offer students and learners the best opportunities to progress. We must do all of this while providing value for money to the taxpayer.”

This major reform will reduce the number of Chief Executive Officers in line with the number of bodies and full year savings are estimated at €2.1m.

The new configuration paves the way for exciting new provisions that will provide for the establishment of SOLAS, the dissolution of FÁS and the transfer of training functions to the newly formed Education and Training Boards.  The Further Education and Training Bill 2013 to provide for the establishment of SOLAS will be enacted this month. It is envisaged that SOLAS will be formally established before the end of this year.

As part of the change, the Irish Vocational Educational Authority will change its name to Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI).  ETBI will represent the Education and Training Boards and promote their interests.

“I want to pay tribute to all stakeholders – staff, councillors, managers, parents, teachers and students – who will be instrumental in ensuring the success of the Education and Training Boards,” Minister Quinn said.

Closing date for receipt of 2013/14 applications is Thursday, 1st August 2013.   
Apply early, you do not have to know the course you will be attending to make an application.

Click on the link to find a multimedia tutorial on how to apply for a grant - Grant Application Tutorial

SUSI Support Desk:

Email: support@susi.cdvec.ie
Phone: 0761 08 7874
www.susi.ie facebook.com/susisupport

Quick links

Would you like to explore your skills to enhance your employment opportunities?
Course includes:
                                               Career Exploration & Guidance
                                    Job Hunting Skills
                                    Interview Skills
                                    Personal Development

Courses are for 4 weeks - 3 days a week        (Monday - Wednesday 10 am - 2 pm)

Starts Tuesday 4th June in Kildare Adult learning Centre, Abbeyview House, Kildare Town.

Starts Monday 1st July in Athy Adult Learning Centre, 16 Nelson Street, Athy, Co. Kildare


Application forms avalable from Imelda Carroll (059 8633270)  or carroll@kildarevec.ie or contact us at 045 448512 (Adult Education Guidance Service)

What is Wider Options?
It is a one year mature adult education programme ideally suited to:   people who have been in the home for a number of years or have retired;  those working in minimum-wage jobs who wish to progress their career; mature people who left school early without a formal qualification;  people with school going children who wish to do something for themselves.

The course provides an introduction to the main areas of business theory and training in the relevant computer practices used in the modern office/business environment.  There are no formal educational requirements for this course but applicants must have a basic level of literacy.    Core classes are between 9am and 1.10 daily to facilitate people with school going children.  Optional modules are available in the afternoons. 

For further details about the course or the Information Morning, please contact St. Conleth's Community College at 045 431417 or Adult Education Guidance Service at 045 448512.