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What is Springboard+ / ICT Skills?
Springboard+ / ICT Skills provides free higher education courses for people who are unemployed. You can also apply for a Springboard+ course if you are working, but you must pay a 10% contribution towards the course fee.
There is a range of part-time (online and blended) programmes from certificate to master’s degree levels – levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). Most of the courses are part-time and last for one year or less.Who is eligible?
Springboardcourses are now open for applications. The eligibility criteria may have been updated so please ensure you check www.springboardcourses.ie before you make an application.
To qualify for a free Springboard+ / ICT Skills funded programme you must be unemployed, be actively seeking work and available to take up work.
If you are employed, you must pay a 10% contribution towards the course fee at level 7, 8 and 9 on the NFQ. However, level 6 courses are free.
There are also residency criteria that you must meet in order to be eligible.
You must also meet the academic eligibility criteria for your chosen programme.
At the time of starting a Springboard+ / ICT Skills funded programme, you must either be getting a qualifying social welfare payment or be in one of the other eligible categories listed below.
Eligible Department of Social Protection Payments for Springboard+
- Jobseeker’s Benefit
- Jobseeker’s Allowance
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Disability Allowance
- Carer’s Allowance
- Farm Assist/Fish Assist
- Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension
- Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension
- Blind Pension
- Deserted Wife’s Allowance.
You are not eligible for a 2-year part-time ICT Skills conversion programmes if you are getting a jobseeker’s payment (including Farm Assist) or you are a qualified adult of working age on someone else’s social welfare payment – if this is the case you are only eligible for a 1-year full-time ICT Skills conversion programme.
You are eligible for Springboard+ if you have been out of the work environment due to childcare or other caring obligations and require upskilling or reskilling to get back to the workforce.
To qualify you must meet the residency criteria and one of the following requirements:
You are on home or other caring duties for 9 of the previous 12 months
You are economically dependent on a partner or spouse and have been unemployed for 9 of the previous 12 months
You must provide supporting documentation and swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths about your status.
You are eligible for Springboard+, if you were formerly self-employed but are now unemployed and actively seeking work. You don’t need to be getting a social welfare payment.
You must meet the residency criteria and provide a letter or statement from Revenue stating that you are no longer trading (or a similar letter from your former accountant).
Springboard+ courses will open for applications on June 25thand elegibility criteria will be updated then.What Programmes are Available?
Take a look at the full list of free and part-funded programmes available at AIT HERE.
For further details visit www.springboardcourses.ie
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.