Eligibility for more than 200 Springboard+ courses was broadened in 2017 to allow applications from people on homemaking duties wishing to return to the workforce.
To date, over 300 homemakers have availed of the opportunity to enrol in free higher education courses in areas where there are significant skills shortages in Ireland including Business, Entrepreneurship, ICT and Advanced Manufacturing.
Around 28,000 people have been supported under the National Training Fund to take part in Springboard+ courses in a range of sectors since 2011.
Initially Springboard+ was aimed solely at unemployed people to help them enhance their skillset and improve their chances of getting back to work. Access has now been further widened to include both self-employed and employed people wanting to reskill or upskill.
New courses commencing this autumn were announced in May with an estimated 6,500 places available, and homemakers eligible for the first time. The majority of courses have now commenced. To date, 4,491 have accepted places on over 208 courses, representing a 90% fill rate.
Some courses are still open for application - Full details can be found here
The CareersPortal Team