Quick Eligibility Questionnaire

Am I eligible for Springboard+ 2021?

Springboard+ courses are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in your current job.

To take a course through Springboard+ you will need to:

  1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
  2. have your own, valid PPS Number
  3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
    • You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
    • You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
    • You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
    • You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
    • You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
    • You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
  4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
    • If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
    • If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.


When applying for a course through Springboard+ you will also need to apply on the basis of either being:

  • Employed - working either for yourself or someone else.
  • Unemployed - not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed) and actively seeking employment.
  • A Returner - a Homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months

As places on Springboard+ courses are limited, applicants who are on a qualifying Social Welfare payment will always take priority over others.

Click on a category below to read more about the conditions and requirements for eligibility, including what you will need to do to confirm your status.

Employed


Which courses can I take?

If you are currently employed or self-employed and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply to any of the available Springboard+ courses.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If you are applying to a course at level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), your fees will be covered in full. For courses at levels 7 to 9, you or your employer will need to pay 10% of the course fee.


How do I prove I am in employment?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either employed or self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

EmployedSelf-Employed
Recent PayslipRecent document from Revenue confirming self-employment
Recent letter from your employer confirming you work for themRecent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self-employed status
Recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed in individual course descriptions.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
  • Restrictions may apply to some NFQ level 9 courses if you are a recent graduate from a full-time level 8 degree. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details

Unemployed


Which courses can I take?

If you are not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed), actively seeking employment, and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply for the majority of available courses. However, you won’t be eligible for any of the 2-year-long courses (i.e. part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses) while in receipt of a Welfare payment.


Which DSP payments are accepted?

  • Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)
  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance

If you are signing for social insurance contribution credits, you may also be eligible.

If you are formerly self-employed, you do not need to be in receipt of a DSP payment.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, your fees will be covered in full.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either unemployed and in-receipt of a qualifying DSP payment or self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

UnemployedFormerly Self-Employed
A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you receive a qualifying payment.A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.
A sworn declaration stating you are no longer self-employed.


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed on individual course information pages.
  • For full-time courses (i.e. 1 year ICT conversion courses) you will need to have been on your qualifying payment for at least 9 out of the last 12 months.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
  • Restrictions may apply to some NFQ level 9 courses if you are a recent graduate from a full-time level 8 degree. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Returners


Which courses can I take?

If you are a homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply to any of the available Springboard+ courses.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, your fees will be covered in full.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to download a declaration form and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed on individual course descriptions.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.


Am I eligible for the HCI Graduate Conversion Courses 2021?

HCI courses are designed to help you gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in your current job. HCI offers incentivised places for graduates to reskill in areas of skills shortage and emerging technologies e.g., ICT, High End Manufacturing, Data Analytics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, via graduate conversion courses.

To take a course through HCI you will need to:

  1. be living fulltime in the Republic of Ireland
  2. have your own, valid PPS Number
  3. meet the nationality/visa requirement
    • You are an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss national or:
    • You have permission to remain in Ireland as a family member of an EU citizen or;
    • You have Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM on your GNIB residence card or;
    • You have official refugee status in Ireland / are here on the basis of refugee family reunification or;
    • You have been granted Humanitarian Leave to Remain in the State (prior to the Immigration Act 1999) or;
    • You have permission to remain following the Minister’s decision not to make a deportation order.
  4. have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least 3 out of the last 5 years
    • If you are a Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM holder, residency is calculated from the date you received your stamp. Any time before this cannot be counted
    • If you have refugee status in Ireland, residency is counted from the date you applied for International Protection.
  5. have completed a level 8 degree


When applying for a course through Springboard+ you will also need to apply on the basis of either being:

  • Employed - working either for yourself or someone else.
  • Unemployed - not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed) and actively seeking employment.
  • A Returner - a Homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months
  • A Recent Graduate - a graduate who completed their studies in the year 2020 or 2021.

As places on HCI courses are limited, applicants who are on a qualifying Social Welfare payment will always take priority over others.

Click on a category below to read more about the conditions and requirements for eligibility, including what you will need to do to confirm your status.

Employed


Which courses can I take?

If you are currently employed or self-employed and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply to any of the available HCI courses. You must also have a level 8 qualification.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If you are applying to a course at level 8, or 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), you or your employer will need to pay 10% of the course fee.


Employment and Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

Please also note that (EWSS) replaced the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme on 1st September 2020. The EWSS or TWSS are not eligible Department of Social Protection payments. Those who are in receipt of the wage subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply. Therefore, those in receipt of these payments will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 8 or above.


How do I prove I am in employment?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either employed or self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

EmployedSelf-Employed
Recent PayslipRecent document from Revenue confirming self-employment
Recent letter from your employer confirming you work for themRecent letter from your solicitor or accountant confirming your self-employed status
Recent letter or statement from Revenue demonstrating your current employment


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed in individual course descriptions.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ or HCI course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
  • Restrictions may apply to some NFQ level 9 courses if you are a recent graduate from a full-time level 8 degree. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Recent Graduate


Which courses can I take?

If you are a recent graduate 2020 or 2021 and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply to any of the available HCI courses. You must also have at a minimum a level 8 qualification.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If you are applying to a course at level 8, or 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ), you will need to pay 10% of the course fee.


Employment and Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

Please also note that (EWSS) replaced the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme on 1st September 2020. The EWSS or TWSS are not eligible DSP payments. Those who are in receipt of the wage subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply. Therefore, those in receipt of these payments will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 8 or above.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to provide documentation proving your status when you apply for the course and again when you start the course. This can be one of the following:

Recent Graduate
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Unemployed


Which courses can I take?

If you are not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed), actively seeking employment, and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply for the majority of available courses. However, you won’t be eligible for any of the 2-year-long courses (i.e. full time HCI Skills Conversion courses) while in receipt of a Welfare payment.


Which DSP payments are accepted?

  • Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)
  • Jobseekers Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance

Note on Covid -19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)

Covid-19 PUP recipients are eligible to apply for 1-year full time HCI courses but will be required to transfer to the Back To Education Allowance. Time spent on the Covid-19 PUP will satisfy the 9-month requirement to qualify for BTEA.

If you are signing for social insurance contribution credits, you may also be eligible.

If you are formerly self-employed, you do not need to be in receipt of a Department of Social Protection payment.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, your fees will be covered in full.


Employment and Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

Please also note that (EWSS) replaced the Temporary COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme on 1st September 2020. The EWSS or TWSS are not eligible Department of Social Protection payments. Those who are in receipt of the wage subsidy are classed as employed and those eligibility criteria apply. Therefore, those in receipt of these payments will be required to pay 10% of the course fee when undertaking courses at Level 8 or above.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to provide documentation that clearly shows you are either unemployed and in-receipt of a qualifying DSP payment or formerly self-employed when you apply for the course and again when you start the course.

UnemployedFormerly Self-Employed
A recent document from DSP or your local INTREO office confirming you receive a qualifying payment.A letter/statement from Revenue confirming you are no longer trading or a similar letter from your (former) accountant.
A sworn declaration stating you are no longer self-employed.


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed on individual course information pages.
  • For HCI conversion courses you will need to have been on your qualifying payment for at least 9 out of the last 12 months.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ or HCI course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.
  • Restrictions may apply to some NFQ level 9 courses if you are a recent graduate from a full-time level 8 degree. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.

Returners


Which courses can I take?

If you are a homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months and you meet the nationality/visa requirements above, you can apply to any of the available HCI Courses.


How much of my fees will be covered?

If eligible, your fees will be covered in full.


How do I prove my status?

You will need to download a declaration form and sign it before a Commissioner for Oaths / Peace Commissioner.


Are there any additional requirements?

  • You will still need to meet the entry requirements of the course you are applying to. These are listed on individual course descriptions.
  • You might not be able to apply if you have been unsuccessful on a Springboard+ or HCI course in the past. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more details.