Funded Modular and Postgraduate Opportunities

why choose lyitLetterkenny Institute of Technology has received additional funding for free postgraduate and modular upskilling programmes as part of the Government July Stimulus Provision. The July Stimulus Provision will help get Ireland's businesses back on their feet and get as many people as possible back to work quickly. It is the next stage in Ireland's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, building on the extensive business and employment supports

The Stimulus will: 

  • help businesses to protect jobs and create new jobs
  • support people without jobs, especially young people
  • build confidence and solidarity in consumers and communities
  • start preparing for a greener, more sustainable economy in the future

The initiative offers funded postgraduate opportunities for the unemployed and those in employment pay 10%. Eligibility criteria can be viewed below. Applications are now been accepted for the following programmes:

Course Title Returner Employed Formerly Self Employed Graduate *
Master of Science in Computing in Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Master of Science in Secure Applications Development Research € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Master of Arts in Governance, Compliance and Data Protection in Financial Services € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Higher Diploma in Arts in Tourism Destination Marketing € 0 €750 €750 € 0
Master of Science in Computing in DevOps € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Higher Diploma in Science in IT Project Management € 0 €750 €750 € 0
Higher Diploma in Computing in Business Systems Analysis and Design € 0 €750 €750 € 0
MSc in Advancing Health and Social Care € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Master of Arts in Accounting € 0 €900 €900 € 0
Higher Diploma in Science in Counselling Skills € 0 €750 €750 € 0
*Note 2020 Graduates will be liable for the same fee as Employed/Formerly Self Employed above
Course Title Unemployed Returner Employed Formerly Self Employed
Certificate in Access Studies € 0 € 0 €250 € 0
Certificate in Regional Guiding € 0 € 0 €225 € 0
Certificate in Sales and Customer Service € 0 € 0 €220 € 0
Certificate in DevOps € 0 € 0 €280 € 0
Certificate in Hotel Revenue and Digital Media Management € 0 € 0 €165 € 0
Certificate in SQL Programming € 0 € 0 €175 € 0
Certificate in Computer Systems Programming € 0 € 0 €95 € 0
Certificate in Advanced Database Development € 0 € 0 €95 € 0
Certificate in Analysis and Design with UML € 0 € 0 €100 € 0
Certificate in Business Intelligence € 0 € 0 €85 € 0
Certificate in Hotel Front Office Operations € 0 € 0 €110 € 0
Certificate in Computer Science Education € 0 € 0 €280 € 0
Certificate in Contemporary Healthcare Management € 0 € 0 €280 € 0

Eligibility

Eligible participants will include the unemployed, returners, those in employment and formerly self-employed.
Eligibility and other requirements in respect of modular skills courses will align with Springboard+ eligibility criteria.

Further information on eligibility can be found here https://springboardcourses.ie/eligibility
Eligible Applicants must be ordinarily resident in Ireland and must meet the nationality and EU residency rules as aligned to Springboard as detailed here https://springboardcourses.ie/faq

To be eligible applicants must meet nationality and EU residency rules. They are:

Nationality

  • Applications for admission to Springboard+ courses (Incl. the ICT Skills Programme) should be accepted from suitably qualified applicants who hold EU/EEA/UK/Swiss nationality in their own right or who are:
  • Persons who have official refugee status in this State. Time spent from date of official lodgement of application papers for refugee status will be included for the purpose of meeting the three-year residency requirement; or
  • Family members of a refugee who are granted permission by the Minister for Justice and Law Reform to enter and reside in the State under Section 18 of the Refugee Act 1996; or
  • Persons who have permission to remain in the State as a family member of a Union citizen under the provisions of the European Communities (Free Movement of Persons) Regulations 2006 and 2008 and Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council; or
  • Persons who have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999); or
  • Be a person in respect of whom the Minister for Justice and Law Reform has granted permission to remain following a determination not to make a deportation order under section 3 of the Immigration Act 1999 or;
  • Be a non-EU/non-EEA/non-UK/non-Swiss citizen legally entitled to work full time in Ireland without having to seek an employment permit. These residents may be here as the spouse/civil partner or family member of an Irish or EU citizen and will have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on their residence cards from Garda National Immigration Bureau.

Residency

  • Applicants must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4. Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration.

Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.
To be eligible the applicant must have been:

  • A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 9 of the previous 12 months prior to their application
  • Ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
  • In addition, the applicant will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm their status as a Homemaker
  • Applicants must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for attesting to their status.

It should be noted that acceptance on to a postgraduate course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports. Returners will not pay any course fees

Applicants who are employed will need to meet the residency requirements, i.e. that the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme. This category of applicant will also be required to provide a copy of their most recent ‘Employment Detail Summary’ or other relevant revenue documentation. Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee

To be eligible those who are formerly self-employed must provide a letter/statement from Revenue confirming that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Alternatively, a participant can swear a declaration stating that they are no longer self-employed. Applicants will be required to pay 10% of the course fee

Full and Part time Postgraduate courses are open to recent graduates. However, to participate in these courses, 2020 graduates will be required to pay 10% of the course fee.
Eligible participants must have at least a level 8 qualification or equivalent prior to acceptance onto a course. Exact academic eligibility requirements will be determined by individual providers and may depend on the nature of the course

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