Labour Party Minister for North Tipperary Alan Kelly has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn that regardless of the length of time out of work, all jobseekers are now eligible for the Springboard Education Programme.
Minister Kelly stated: “The fact that there have already been 5,000 applications for this programme is a testimony to its great success. However, today’s announcement gives further opportunities for those who are out of work. The six-month period was initially put in place to ensure those at risk of becoming long-term unemployed were given the chance to apply to courses first. I am glad more people now have the chance to get the skills they need to get back to work.”
“The expansion of this programme to a wider group of people is a positive supportive step and means that more jobseekers will have the opportunity to obtain the skills they need to find employment in key areas of the economy.”
“I would encourage anyone who is out of work and interested in up-skilling to look at the Springboard website to see the courses still on offer. Most courses start this month, so it is a great opportunity to start studying right away.”
A full list of courses is available at http://www.bluebrick.ie/springboard/