Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Back to Education Allowance

Sorca Clarke (Longford-Westmeath, Sinn Fein)
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206. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the reason a person (details supplied) cannot avail of the back to education scheme. [30643/20]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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The guidelines governing eligibility for the Back-to-Education Allowance (BTEA) require that the allowance should only be approved where the course of study involved would lead to a higher qualification on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) than that already held by the customer.

I am advised that as the person concerned has already completed a Level 7 NFQ course and is now applying for Back to Education to pursue a Level 5 NFQ course, she does not satisfy that condition.

It was for this reason that the application of the person concerned was refused and she was informed of this decision in writing.

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