So you’ve decided to become better equipped to take on your career or begin a new chapter in a different career field with Springboard+. Before you begin your Springboard+ course, here are answers to some common concerns.
The 2017-18 courses are available to people who have been homemakers for a year or more, people who are unemployed, as well as people who are currently employed. Those who are already employed are eligible if they plan to take a course in the manufacturing sector or an ICT Conversion course, or if they already hold a Level 7 IT qualification and wish to upskill to a Level 8 IT qualification.
Recent graduates can apply, but they must job-seek for at least one year before they are eligible for Springboard+ courses.
Generally, courses begin in September. However, this varies among course providers. Check out all of the available courses and their providers here. You can apply to up to 10 courses but you can only take one course.
Springboard+ courses last one year, apart from two-year part time ICT Conversion courses. This can be a full calendar year or the academic year and varies depending on the course provider.
Springboard+ courses are free regarding tuition and registration. Costs associated with travel and other expenses are your responsibility for the duration of the course.
Most Springboard+ courses include work experience. This is vital in getting a first step on the ladder of your new career. Work experience gives you first-hand knowledge of your prospective career choice and allows you to network with industry figures in your new line of work.
Most Springboard+ courses are part-time, which allows you to retain your payment as you continue to search for employment while you study. Some Springboard+ courses such as ICT Conversion courses are full-time which would require a change in your social welfare service. For example, you might have to change Jobseeker’s entitlements to a bespoke Back to Education Allowance. Contact your local social welfare office for more information.
Springboard+ is open to learners at all levels. Course providers consider all levels of experience and qualifications of their applicants. There is special exception in the case of Level 9 (Master’s) courses, which require a Level 8 qualification prior to taking the course.
Once you accept a course offer, your other applications are cancelled. However, if the applications process for other course providers is still open, you can apply to a different course. Don’t forget to inform the course provider immediately that you do not want to participate in the course.
You can find out how to apply here. Applications should be sent directly to course providers.
Employment must be prioritized and so Springboard+ course providers are as flexible as possible when it comes to accommodating participants in this situation. They can often provide the opportunity for you to complete your course work on weekends or in the evenings.