Four out of ten jobseekers who complete a Springboard course find employment within six weeks of graduating, according to a survey of participants by the Higher Education Authority (HEA)
An additional 24% have taken up further education or training opportunities. The proportion who are continuing to seek work is 36%.
Springboard is a Government initiative, managed by the HEA, that has to date offered 10,000 free places to those seeking work on third level courses in areas where there are identified skills shortages. A further 6,000 places on over 200 courses nationwide are currently on offer on www.springboardcourses.ie . The courses are in areas such as information and communications technology (ICT), manufacturing, international financial services, sales, and business start-up skills.
Over 27% of those who found employment after completing their course did so in the technology sector.
The survey found that 94% of participants would recommend Springboard to others.
Tomorrow (Tuesday 13th), there will be a free information roadshow at the Mansion House, Dublin from 10am to 5pm, where a range of providers and representatives of Springboard, the Department of Social Protection and the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) will be on hand to answer queries about the courses. Careers advisors will also be available to offer one-to-one advice and guidance to jobseekers, and leading industry speakers will give insights and advice on how to secure work in expanding industries in Ireland.
A similar information event will take place at City Hall, Cork on Tuesday 20th August. The events are free.
Dr. Mary-Liz Trant, co-ordinator of Springboard, said,
“We are really pleased with this rate of return to work for Springboard participants within six weeks of completing their course. These participants are highly motivated and talented. As they all have a previous history of employment, they bring significant experience and transferable skills to their new employer. This value-added that Springboard graduates offer is recognised by more and more employers who are seeking to grow and expand their operations in Ireland.”
For further information, contact Malcolm Byrne, Head of Communications, HEA, 086 22 37 102.
Notes for Editors
Springboard was first launched as part of the Government’s jobs initiative in May 2011. Since then over 10,000 people have been supported to undertake part time higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs.
Springboard courses are selected by an expert panel with industry and educational expertise. All courses are one-year-or-less in duration, address an identified current or future skills need, and lead to a higher education or training award at certificate, degree or post-graduate level on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
To be eligible for a place on a Springboard course a person must be unemployed and actively seeking work. This includes people who were previously self-employed, and those receiving an extended number of social welfare payments, such as the Disability Allowance or Carers Allowance. Full details of eligible social welfare payments and other eligibility criteria is available on www.springboardcourses.ie