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What is Springboard+?

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

From June 2020 Springboard+ will offer over 11,000 free or subsidised places on 332 courses leading to awards at certificate, degree and post-graduate level. The majority of courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months and are open to all applicants; Employed, Unemployed, and Returners who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement.

New in 2020

From June 2020 Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 offers 5,891 places on 93 graduate conversion courses over three years. The courses are full time, for a period of between 12 and 18 months depending on the course and lead to a higher education award at levels 8 or 9.

Places are available on courses in a wide range of skills areas, including artificial intelligence, smart factory technology, sustainable energy, medical device technology and cybersecurity.

The following are eligible to apply for courses in 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all requirements, e.g. academic requirements):


Retuners (Formerly known as Homemakers)

  • May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

People in employment

  • May apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria.

The unemployed or formerly self-employed

  • All courses are open to these categories of applicants, with the exception of the two year part-time ICT conversion courses which are not open to those in receipt of a Jobseekers-related payment

Graduate with skills in growing sectors

  • All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing; international financial services; for HCI Pillar 1 this includes artificial intelligence, smart factory technology, sustainable energy, medical device technology and cybersecurity.
  • and key skills for enterprise to trade internationally. Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management.

For more information visit: 

SpringboardCourses.ie

Have a question about Springboard+?

  • Sara Farrell
  • Lifelong Learning Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth