Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the announcement of another 6,000 free part-time higher education places made available to provide retraining opportunities for jobseekers. Many of the places will be based in the University of Limerick, which is closely linked with LIT Thurles.
“This is the third springboard allocation. Many courses including International Project Management, Computer Engineering and Mobile and Secure Cloud Computing for example will be provided in UL with target enrolments varying from 10-15.
“This is good news for many Tipperary people who are on jobseekers and are want to adapt their skills.
“Over 200 Springboard courses will be provided at 38 Institutes of Technology, Universities and privately-run higher education colleges across Ireland for individuals to acquire new skills that are in demand in the economy.
“The 6,000 places now on offer represent a €23 million investment by the Department of Education and Skills to equip jobseekers with new skills in sectors with good employment prospects,” explained Deputy Coonan.
Springboard is designed for people with a previous history of employment who worked in sectors such as construction that are in economic decline, and who may have to change career paths to get back into sustainable employment.
Applications for Springboard programmes are managed through a central online information and applications system- www.springboardcourses.ie
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 is managed by the HEA on behalf of the Department. It works in an integrated way with the other strands of the Government’s industry focused skills initiatives (Springboard, Momentum, ICT conversion, Skillnets, JobBridge) that come under the Skills Plus umbrella.