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- Springboard 2016
- Who is Eligible?
- How to Apply
What is Springboard?
Springboard provides free, part-time places in higher education for people who are unemployed or previously self-employed in order to help them get back to work. Springboard students may be able to keep income supports while completing their course.
What courses are available under Springboard in 2016?
The following courses are available under the Springboard+ initiative for 2016:
- Certificate in Purchasing Strategy, Quality Management & Lean Six Sigma »
- Certificate in Aircraft Acquisition & Finance »
- BSc in Energy Management (Buildings) »
- Higher Diploma in Digital Media Design »
- Higher Diploma in Supply Chain Management »
- MSc in IT Management »
- MSc in Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs »
- MSc in Supply Chain Management »
- MSc in Data Science »
- Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [ICT Skills Conversion - Two years part-time] »
- Higher Diploma in Science in Computing [ICT Skills Conversion - One year full-time] »
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for a place on a Springboard+ 2016 programme a person must be unemployed with a previous history of employment AND satisfy one of the following three criteria AND be actively seeking employment:
1. be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:
- Jobseekers Benefit
- Jobseekers Allowance
- One Parent Family
- Disability Allowance
- Qualified Adults of Working Age
- Carers Allowance
- Farm Assist/Fish Assist
- Widow(er)s Contributory or Non:contributory Pension
- Blind Pension
- Deserted Wives Allowance
There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed.
2. be signing for social insurance contribution credits
3. be previously self-employed
People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Facilitator, take up a Springboard course. To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree programme leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.
*For the purposes of determining eligibility for Springboard the term unemployed also includes people who are on short term working and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection.
Further information on eligibility is available at www.springboardcourses.ie
How to Apply
To apply for a Springboard course applicants must use the centralised application system via www.springboardcourses.ie.
- What course you are interested in;
- What your current formal qualifications are;
- What relevant experience you have.
Once this summary information has been received you will be informed on how best to proceed.
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