People in the following categories are eligible to apply for courses in the 2020/21 academic year (subject to the applicant meeting all residency and nationality/visa requirements and any academic requirements):
People in Employment
Please note that under the Springboard+ 2020/21 initiative, 90% of the fees are covered by HEA and 10% of the fees are payable to the college for this category of applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement and residency criteria. Either the applicant or their employer can pay these fees. Should your employer be paying your fees, please contact us and we can forward you a company sponsorship form in order to invoice to your employer.
The fee for the Diploma in Big Data for Business is €4,500, of which you pay 10% = €450
NOTE: These fees must be paid prior to enrolling on your Springboard+ programme.
Returners are those who are not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection but who have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations. They have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.
To be eligible the applicant must have been;
A Homemaker or on other caring duties for a minimum period of 12 months prior to their application
A resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme
Applications must swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to their status. A form to complete this process is available here.
Courses are fully funded for these applicants. They may apply to all courses if they meet the nationality/visa requirement, the residency criteria and the course specific criteria.
It should be noted that acceptance on to a Springboard+ course does not confer any entitlement to DEASP payments or childcare supports.
Applicants must be in receipt of any of the following social welfare payments:
One Parent Family
Qualified Adults of Working Age
Farm Assist/Fish Assist
Widow's, Widower's or Surviving Civil Partner's Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
Deserted Wives Allowance
There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard+ course commences, are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.
Courses are fully funded for these applicants.
Signing for social insurance contribution credits
Previously self-employed and actively seeking employment
People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard+ and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Case Officer, take up a Springboard+ course.
All applications must be submitted online via the Springboard+ website. Please note that documentation supporting the applicants status will be required as part of the application process. Please visit the Springboard+ website for further information on participant eligibility and funding eligibility requirements.
People in receipt of the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP)
Fees are 100% fully funded for this category of applicants.
It is, however, the responsibility of the applicant in receipt of a PUP payment to discuss retaining a DEASP payment with their case officer in their local INTREO office when their offer is accepted and before they complete first registration for the course through www.springboardcourses.ie.
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
For further information please visit: ESF Information and Communication guidelines.