You must continue to meet the conditions for Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance. This means that you must be able to show that you are still actively looking for and willing to take up work and that the course is likely to improve your chances of getting a job. If you are offered work while on the course you will be expected to accept the job offer.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
If you are getting the COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment you can attend a part-time education course and retain your payment as long as you continue to satisfy the conditions for the scheme.
How to qualify
You can qualify for PTEO if you are:
getting Jobseeker's Allowance or Benefit
The Part-Time Education Option is not
the same as the Back to Education Allowance.
You can be any age and may be unemployed for any length of time before starting a part-time course of education.
How PTEO is paid
There is no separate rate for the PTEO, you will continue to get your Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit at your usual rate.