What do you need to know? Our Resources cover everything from managing a spinal cord injury to travel, entitlements and holidays. If you do not find the answer to your query here contact SII on or phone 01-2355317


Courses in my local area

If you’re interested in returning to education, retraining for a new career or participating in a short course, your SII Support Worker can work with you to achieve these as part of the Future Me Programme.

Find your Course – Qualifax

Qualifax is the national ‘one stop shop’ for Ireland’s national learners and lists the majority of further and higher education and training courses in Ireland. This can be accessed through

Family Resource Centre

A number of Family Resource Centres in local areas provide short courses either free of charge or at a highly subsidised rate. These can be a very good option as a first step towards employment. A list of Family Resource Centres can be found here

Local Development Company or LEADER Partnership

Alternatively, your Local Development Company or LEADER Partnership may be funded to deliver projects or courses aimed at supporting people with disabilities or short or long term unemployed back into the work place. A list of Local Development Companies can be found here

Return to education and financial support

If you are returning to third level education, different fees and supports apply depending on your age and circumstances. Further information can be found on the Citizens Information Website here

You may also be entitled to tax relief on the cost of third level tuition fees. More information about this can be found at Some distance learning courses are also eligible for this tax relief.


If you are over 21 and have been receiving a social welfare payment for more than 6 months you may be eligible for the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). VTOS is operated through local Education and Training Boards and provides a range of courses from basic education and training to advanced vocational courses. The courses are full time (30 hours per week) and can last up to 2 years. VTOS courses are listed on

VTOS and your benefits

While on VTOS, you will continue to receive your disability payment. You can also keep any secondary benefits such as your medical card. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also be eligible for other benefits such as a meal allowance, travel allowance or free childcare place.

The social welfare payments which contribute to eligibility for VTOS are:

  • Jobseekers benefit / allowance
  • One parent family payment
  • Disability allowance
  • Illness Benefit
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Widow / Widowers or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension.

More information about VTOS can be found on the Citizens Information Website here

A list of Frequently Asked Questions about VTOS can be found here

Other Short Course Grants

Your Local Development Company or LEADER Partnership may have local grants available to you. You can find your nearest Local Development company here

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