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Springboard+ 2019 /20

Springboard

Now in its ninth year, Springboard+ has to date provided 50,000 free higher education places, primarily to jobseekers in need of upskilling or reskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market.

From last year, the eligibility criteria for Springboard+ was expanded to include homemakers and those in employment who wished to upskill or reskill to meet specific emerging skills needs in the ICT 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+ 2019 

  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 the employer. The HEA will fund the remaining 90% of the cost directly to the providers.

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

List of Courses

The LYIT Springboard+ Courses 2019/20 are as follows: 

  • BSc in Computing in Data Centre Management (Level 7)
  • Certificate in BIM (Revit) (Level 6)
  • Certificate in Culinary Skills (Level 6) - September & January Intake
  • Certificate in Food & Beverage Operations (Level 6)
  • Certificate in Mainframe Technologies (Level 8)
  • Certificate in Management & Leadership (Level 7)
  • Certificate in Sales & Customer Service (Level 7)
  • Higher Diploma in Computing (Conversion course into Computing - Level 8) - 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
  • Postgraduate Diploma in User Experience Design & Applied Innovation (Level 9)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cloud Technologies (Level 9) 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Computing in Cybersecurity (Level 9)
  •  Bachelor of Arts in Culinary Arts (consortium) (Level 7)

Further Information

For further information or any Springboard queries please contact:

Brian McGonagle
E: brian.mcgonagle@lyit.ie
T: +353 (0)74 918 6170

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