For the first time ever, this year homemakers are eligible to apply for the Springboard+ programme! As well as homemakers, those in employment or self-employment who wish to upskill, reskill or cross skill in the Biopharma/Med Tech and ICT sectors are also eligible to participate in the Springboard+ programme. This addition to eligibility is to facilitate a specific emerging skills need within these sectors.
There will be a combination of delivery modes for the Springboard+ courses this year too. Under Springboard+ 2017, 54% of courses will be delivered through a mix of distance and e-learning tools – this ensures that all participants, whether they are unemployed, in employment or homemakers, will be able to avail of a suitable Springboard+ course.
This learning format also allows people to undertake courses that are in colleges and institutions outside of their home county, which in no doubt will be a great benefit to many people.
“Given the success of this innovative programme to date I am hopeful that we will be in a position to expand the Springboard+ model in the years ahead”, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, said about continuing the expansion of the Springboard+ programme further.
As well as the new eligibility guidelines, there is an increase in places available through Springboard+ this year too.
There are over 500 extra course places on offer through Springboard+ 2017 compared to last year – most of these new places are in ICT Conversion Courses, which are in high demand.
A Freephone Guidance line is available to offer advice on course choices and applications on 1800 303 523.Back