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Naturalist?

Naturalist

Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.

Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.

Springboard Initiative


To view videos of people talking about their experience of Springboard courses: click here

Springboard+ is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020. The Springboard initiative for higher education offers free, part-time courses at certificate, degree and masters level, leading to qualifications that are in demand among employers. The majority of courses are one-year or less in duration.

To find out more about Springboard+ or to apply for one of its courses visit www.springboardcourses.ie or try our email: springboard@hea.ie

See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on www.springboardcourses.ie for more information.

To check if you are eligible for Springboard click here

All courses are part-time, allowing you keep your social protection supports and making it easier for those with families and responsibilities. There is usually no additonal payments available for Springboard.

A total of 34 institutions in both the public and private sector offer programmes ranging from Certificates in Digital Marketing and in Supply Chain Management to Masters in Energy Management.

This year, for the first time, Springboard+ courses will be extended so that all courses will now be open to people irrespective of their employment status.

  • Level 6 courses will remain free to all participants.
  • Returners and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge.
  • For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

If you are interested you can apply online through Springboardcourses.ie which is the central clearing system for all part-time (including non-Springboard) courses.

To view current Springboard courses click here

Advice and guidance on Springboard, including ICT Skills Conversion courses is available from the Springboard freephone helpline on 1800 303 523. The line is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm.

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