GMIT and NUI Galway are among the third level education institutions where free higher education places under Springboard+ 2017 have been announced, Minister of State and Galway East TD, Deputy Sean Canney has said.
The courses are targeted at jobseekers and those in employment or self-employment who wish to upskill, reskill or cross skill in the Biopharma/Med Tech and ICT sectors. For the first time, homemakers are also eligible to participate in Springboard+ courses this year. Incorporating part-time Springboard courses and full-time and part-time ICT skills conversion courses, Springboard+ 2017 will provide for 198 courses at public and private educational institutions across Ireland. Courses approved for funding will be in the following skills needs areas: ICT, Manufacturing which includes the Biopharma/Med Tech sector, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Financial Services.
There will also be a limited number of courses in Marketing (including digital marketing), specialist management courses (Food Business, Aviation and Technology Management), Animation and specialist Construction related courses.
Minister Canney said, “I am delighted to see that there will be a good mix of delivery modes of Springboard+ courses which will ensure that all participants, whether unemployed, in employment or homemakers will be able to avail of a suitable course. Under Springboard+ 2017, 54% of courses will be delivered on a blended, distance and e-learning basis.”
Full details on Springboard+, eligibility criteria and how to apply, are available on www.springboardcourses.ie. A Freephone Guidance line is available to offer advice on course choices and applications on 1800 303 523.