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Springboard+ 2020 /21

Springboard

Springboard+ has to date provided over 60,000 free higher education places, primarily to jobseekers in need of upskilling or reskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market.

The eligibility criteria for Springboard+ has expanded to include homemakers and those in employment who wish to upskill or reskill to meet specific emerging skills needs in the ICT, Services and Biopharma/Med Tech sectors.

All Springboard+ courses will be extended so that all courses will now be open to people irrespective of their employment status.

  • Level 6 courses will remain free to all participants.
  • Returners and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge.
  • For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

This change reflects the Government’s emphasis on the importance of life-long learning and upskilling/reskilling throughout one’s career.

Eligible applicants for Springboard+ 2020 

  1.  Those in receipt of an eligible payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection who already hold a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) award at level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher level qualification at NFQ levels 6 to 9, who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.
  2.  Previously self-employed people at all qualifications level who may require new qualifications to return to self-employment or to enter employment.
  3.  Returners who already hold an NFQ award at level 5 or 6 or equivalent, with a previous history of employment with a previous history of employment who already hold a higher level qualification at NFQ levels 6 to 9, who may require additional upskilling or reskilling in order to re-enter employment.
  4.  Those in employment wishing to upskill or reskill to meet required skill needs across a range of sectors

Places will be provided free of charge to those participants from categories 1-3 above. In the case of category 4, level 6 courses remain free and a contribution of 10% of the cost of the place will be collected by the provider for level 7-9 courses. This contribution can be paid by the participant or their employer.

Please see more details regarding eligibility at www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

List of Courses

The LYIT Springboard+ Courses 2020/21 are as follows: 

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cloud Technologies (Level 9)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Digital Healthcare (Level 9)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cybersecurity (Level 9)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Contemporary Software Development (Level 8)
  • Higher Diploma in Computing (Conversion Course into Computing – 1 Year) (Level 8)
  • Higher Diploma in Computing (Conversion Course into Computing – 2 Years) (Level 8)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computing in Data Centre Management (Level 7)
  • Certificate in Culinary Arts (Level 6)
  • Certificate in Food and Beverage Operations (Level 6)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in User Experience Design & Applied Innovation (Level 9)
  • Certificate in Mainframe Technologies (Level 8)
  • Certificate in Management and Leadership (Level 7)
  • Diploma in Emerging Information Technology for Industry (Level 7)

For further programme information visit www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

Further Information

For further information or any Springboard queries please contact:

Dr. Nigel McKelvey
E: Springboard@lyit.ie
T: +353 (0)74 918 6170

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