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Training Grants

 Learn what grants are available and how to apply below

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BSI  Ireland

9-11 Pearse Street

Bandon, Cork 


P72 CF24

Tel: (+353) 021 4248717

Training Support Grants

TESG (Technical Employment Support Grant)

This page is purely for information purposes only. For full and up to date information on any/all available grants you should contact your local Department of Social Protection office or Case Officer.

Information Overview

Eligible job seekers or other benefit receivers can sign up for our 3 day BSI/QBA Barista School Ireland / Qualified Barista Award + HACCP L1 and have the course costs covered by the Dept. of Social Protection. This comprehensive course trains you in coffee and gives you the tools you need to become a professional Barista.


Social Welfare Info on the Grant: 


This scheme is designed to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions, obtain/renew certification/permits for individual jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer or accessing other activation


Eligible Payments

The primary focus of this scheme is on jobseekers and on supporting the activation policy of the Department of social protection.

Primary Eligible Payments

  • Jobseeker's Allowance and Jobseekers Transition (incl. Casuals)

  • Jobseeker's Benefit (incl. Casuals)

Other Eligible Payments/Schemes

  • One Parent Family Payment

  • Signing for credits

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wife's Benefit (DWB)

  • Farm/Fish Assist (FA)

  • Disability Allowance

  • Widows/Widowers Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension

  • Illness Benefit for 6 months or more

  • Qualified Adults of Jobseekers payment, who are job seeking.

Case officers may also support jobseekers who are participating on one of the Department's funded work placement programmes – as set out below – or where a person on another DSP payment, not listed above other than State pension, have an identified work/activation opportunity.

  • Tús

  • Gateway

Eligible Courses Barista School Ireland (BSI)

 - BSI/QBA Barista School Ireland / Qualified Barista Award + HACCP L1 (3-Day course)
Course - Accreditation 
HACCP L1 Certificate – Mapped to FSAI guidlines

BSI/QBA - Barista School Ireland - Certificate 

This is our most comprehensive course.   Total novice to someone already working in specialty coffee or who has a desire to work in specialty coffee, who employs supervisors, baristas or just has an interest in coffee. You will learn right from the beginning what it takes to become a professional barista. We will give you the tools and support you need to keep progressing forward.

How to apply for a grant?



3.POST THE FORM TO OURSELVES (Don't forget to sign)



Barista School Ireland

9-11 Pearse Street

Bandon, Cork 


P72 CF24


  • We fully complete and return the form to The Department of Social Protection

  • Once assessed by them, you should receive a decision on your application within a week.

  • If  approved, you will be issued with an Approval letter from The Department for the course

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