All courses listed as private on our site do not qualify for funding through the Department of Education (www.citizensinformation.ie and www.studentfinance.ie provide information on course fees and details of eligibility required). There are however a number of avenues worth investigating for financial assistance, depending on your individual circumstances:
Part Time Education Option
If you are getting jobseekers allowance or jobseeker benefit there is a part-time education option; this means you can keep your existing payment and related benefits while attending a part-time course that is likely to help you get a job.
TESG (Technical Employment Support Grant):
The Technical Employment Support Grant is designed to assist jobseekers experiencing barriers in progressing from unemployment to the workforce by way of assisted funding for courses that are not directly available via FAS/SOLAS or another state provider. This includes and is open to jobseekers, people with disabilities and jobseekers with distance issues from the labour market.
Back to Education Allowance
This may help you do a full time course if you are getting social welfare payments. It is intended for participants over 21 years of age but you may be eligible if you are over 18 and in receipt of disability or blind allowances (or if you have been out of education for at least 2 years and are getting jobseekers or one parent family payment). See www.welfare.ie
Other useful information
At Sound Training College we understand that having the flexibility of installment payments for payment of fees can be of great assistance in allowing the student to commit to the course of their choice while easing the burden of payments somewhat. All of our full time and part time courses (duration 12 weeks and over) are eligible for installment plans subject to interview and payment of deposit in advance. Terms of the installments subject to agreement between student and Sound Training College.