Springboard+ offers 280 free courses at 42 higher education institutions across Ireland. They include part-time courses and full-time ICT skills conversion programmes.
Springboard aims to offer qualifications in areas where there are job opportunities – such as ICT and financial services. Courses are available at certificate, degree and masters level and are generally one year or less.
In general, to qualify for Springboard you must be unemployed, with a previous history of employment, and you must be actively seeking work and available to take up work. Most courses are part-time, enabling you to keep social welfare payments. Successful applicants for full-time ICT skills conversion courses who are in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment can apply for the Back to Education Allowance.