What is VTOS ?

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme is designed to help unemployed people return to full time education and training.

VTOS will help participants to make the transition into paid employment or into further education.  Participants will make new friends and acquire valuable educational qualifications in a friendly, adult learning environment. VTOS Limerick city offers a range of courses from basic to more advanced levels and we particularly welcome people who may not have had the opportunity to progress through secondary school.

What about Money Matters?

VTOS participants retain their social welfare benefits. Non-DEASP applicants are also welcome at Kilmallock Road Campus.  Students in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment come off the Unemployment Register and do not have to ‘sign on’ while on VTOS – their payments are made by Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.
There is no charge for VTOS courses and materials are provided free of charge.

A Travel Allowance is available for those who have to travel more than 3 miles to the VTOS Centre (Kilmallock Road Campus). There is also a bus provided every morning from Sexton Street to the Campus.

A nominal lunch allowance is paid to all participants.
You can work part-time during your time off (evenings and weekends) up to 20 hours per week with no loss of benefits.
Those under 26 who are on a DEASP payment prior to joining VTOS will have their payment increased to €203 while on VTOS.


The Department of Children and Youth Affairs offers childcare support for VTOS students (conditions apply).  Once offered a place on VTOS, you will be given details of crèches which operate this scheme.

When does VTOS Start?

Students can attend for one or two years, depending on their personal and educational needs. The academic programme commences each year in early September and runs until the end of May, with modular delivery provided for participants who wish to progress before this time.

VTOS is a full time programme.  All classes take place Monday to Friday usually between 9.30 am to 2.45 pm (timetables vary).

How to apply?

Contact us or complete the online application form.


VTOS courses are located at the Further Education and Training Centre, Kilmallock Road Campus, Kilmallock Road, Limerick City, V94 Y6H3.