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Aidan Maher

Site Manager - Grad Entry

Construction Industry Federation

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Try gain experience in some area of construction if possible to see if it’s for you. If you’re interested in a 9-5 job this is not for you!

If you like meeting with new people each day and dealing with issues which they may have regarding the project this is a good job for you. If you like to take charge of situations then this is also a good role for you to take on.
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68,000 SUSI Student Grants Awarded

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68,000 SUSI Student Grants Awarded


Wednesday, October 04, 2017 




68,000 SUSI Student Grants Awarded

SUSI - Student Universal Support Ireland, has awarded grant funding to 68,000 students for the 2017/18 academic year, representing is 83% of the expected awards for 2017/18.

50,000 students received their grant by the end of September. The remaining awarded students will receive their grants as soon as their college confirms that they are registered and attending, and “for those receiving a maintenance grant” when the students themselves submit their bank details through their online SUSI accounts.

In addition to the published monthly maintenance payment dates, payments are being made by SUSI on a weekly basis until Christmas to ensure that as many students as possible are paid as soon as such confirmation is received.

SUSI has received almost 101,000 applications for 2017/18, to-date (16% of which were received after the priority processing deadlines). 81,000 of these applications have already been completed – 68,000 awarded and 13,000 refused/cancelled. This is further progress on 2016/17, which in itself was an extremely successful year for SUSI.

SUSI is currently awaiting documentation from 10,000 students. Graham Doyle, Head of Communications & Customer Service with SUSI, is urging these students to return their outstanding documentation: “The processing of applications for 2017/18 is going extremely well as can be seen from the statistics released today. I would however urge those students who have still to submit their requested documentation to do so as soon as possible so that the assessment of their applications can be completed. I would also remind those students who have yet to submit their bank details to do so to ensure that they can be paid”.  

Closing date

The closing date for the receipt of applications for the 2017/18 academic year is Thursday, 2nd November, 2017.

Mr. Doyle has the following advice for students: “Students who still wish to apply for student grant funding for 2017/18 need to apply quickly as the closing date for applications is Thursday, November 2nd. There are also some students who have begun the online application process but have yet to complete it and similarly they need to complete their applications before the closing date”.

Find out more about Student Grants and Finance here.

The CareersPortal Team