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How can Springboard help me get back to work?

Find out more about the courses available through this initiative


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If you are unemployed, you may want to continue your education or take part in a training course to develop your skills and improve your chances of getting back to work.

What is Springboard?

Springboard provides free part-time higher education places for unemployed and previously self-employed people in areas of identified skills needs. Springboard will address the skill needs of key growth sectors of the economy such as Information and Communications Technology (ICT), International Financial Services, and Manufacturing.

The courses which will be level 6 (higher certificate) to level 9 (masters degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications, will be delivered in public and private higher education providers around the country.

A full list of approved SpringBoard courses together with the eligibility criteria is available on springboardcourses.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for a part-time Springboard+ course, you must be:

Unemployed with a previous history of employment and satisfy one of the following three criteria:

  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance

If you don't meet any of the criteria above you may also be eligible if you are signing for social insurance contribution credits, be previously self-employed and be actively seeking employment.

How to apply

Applications for the Springboard programme can only be made online through the dedicated information and applications website springboardcourses.

If you are getting a social welfare payment you should notify your local Social Welfare office/Intreo centre.

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Published July 19th, 2016
Last updated July 12th, 2018
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