The Springboard+ initiative offers free higher education courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunitie

The primary objective is to provide upskilling and reskilling courses to develop the talent base in Ireland in key growth sectors of the economy. Further information is available at:

Springboard+ 2018
A call for new programmes for Springboard+ 2018 issued in January 2018. A number of changes have been made to the programme this year including expanding the target groups. Jobseekers and the formerly self-employed, the traditional target groups for this programme, will continue to avail of the opportunities under Springboard+. However the eligible cohorts has been expanded as follows:


  • People not in receipt of a payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection that have been out of the work environment for a number of years due to childcare or other caring obligations and have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling or reskilling to transition back to the workforce (“Returners”).
  • People in employment who wish to upskill or reskill to meet a specific emerging skills gap.


For full details please refer to the following documents:

Springboard+ 2018 Call for Proposals

ICT Conversion Guidance 2018

Springboard+ 2018 Presentation on Call Process

Q&A – Springboard+ 2018


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