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Cork Roadshow of Free College Places for the Unemployed

Springboard in City Hall Tomorrow (Tuesday 20th)


There will be a free information roadshow on college places for the unemployed at City Hall, Cork from 10am to 5pm, tomorrow, Tuesday 20th August. The event is part of the Springboard initiative 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.

Present on the day will be a range of course providers and representatives of Springboard, the Department of Social Protection and the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed (INOU) 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.

Springboard is a Government initiative, managed by the Higher Education Authority. There are currently 6,000 places on over 200 courses nationwide 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.

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.

An additional 24% have taken up further education or training opportunities. The proportion who are continuing to seek work is 36%.

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.




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