Upskilling and Reskilling - Higher Education

Springboard+ 2019

Springboard+ 2019 will provide for over 9,000 places on 275 courses in public and private educational institutions throughout Ireland. All courses selected for funding under Springboard+ 2019 are in areas of identified enterprise skills needs. Courses were selected, following a competitive call for proposals, by an independent evaluation panel using published criteria that included value for money, flexible delivery, engagement with industry and skills relevance. Courses approved for funding in 2019 will be in the following skills needs areas: ICT, Engineering, Manufacturing, Construction, Hospitality, and Business, Administration and Law.

Eligibility criteria for Springboard+ 2019

Springboard+ 2019 will provide:

  • Free higher education courses in areas of identified skill needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work.
  • Free higher education level 6 courses in areas of identified skill needs to those in employment.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Further information on Springboard+ 2019 including entry requirements and eligibility criteria are available on the dedicated information and applications website: Applications are submitted online and decisions around the award of places on the programmes are a matter for individual course providers.