Now Enrolling for 2019 Springboard+ Courses

Published 4th December 2018

Springboard+ provides free & subsidised higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs and is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020.

While Springboard courses were only open to give free education and training for jobseekers when the initiative began in 2011, it has been expanded in recent years to include working people seeking to upskill or reskill.

Irish Times Training, in partnership with Ulster University, has been delivering Springboard+ programmes since 2017. Since then, over 300 participants have taken part or are currently enrolled in one of our three Springboard programmes.

We are delighted now to announce new dates and enrollment for our Springboard+ programmes in early 2019.


Graduate Diploma in Computing

The 2018 Expert Group for Future Skills Needs predicts a shortfall in ICT skills in Ireland of up to 146,000 people by 2022. In addition, it is noteworthy that 42% of employed programmers and software developers in the country are non-Irish nationals, putting the share at over double the national average, which again points to the pressing need for quality educational services to upskill and reskill in this area.

The Department of Education and Skills identified higher education conversion and upskilling programmes in the “ICT Skills Action Plan 2014-2018” as a necessary contributor to the meet the demand for professional ICT Skills. We have designed the Springboard Graduate Diploma in Computing in collaboration with Microsoft Ireland to facilitate the conversion of graduates from various disciplines into careers in the ICT sector.

The programme will provide you with a rigorous study of the theory and principles underlying development and maintenance of modern computing applications. You will also have the opportunity to obtain knowledge in a selected area of interest with the elective specialisms in data analytics and software engineering being in particularly strong demand in the years ahead. Learn more…


Postgraduate Certificate in Global Capital Markets

Since March 2015, the Irish Government has been implementing a structured five-year plan to achieve the Government’s long term vision for the development of Ireland’s international financial services sector. As part of this plan, the Government set an ambitious objective: to grow the level of direct employment in the International Financial Services sector in Ireland from its current level of 35,000 (in 2015) to at least 45,000 by 2020.

The IFS2020 Action Plan 2018 published earlier this year indicates that the Strategy is on track to meet the overall target with over 4,600 additional jobs created in the first two years of the Strategy. With the Government’s continued commitment to promoting Ireland as a location for IFS, the target level of direct employment in sector for 2020 is expected to be achieved and may even be surpassed meaning there will be plenty of job opportunities for those interested in pursuing a career in the sector.

The Springboard Postgraduate Certificate in Global Capital Markets reflects the ethos and objectives of IFS2020 by contributing to the skills pipeline of graduates who wish to pursue a career in the financial services sector and is also open to those in employment. This programme is particularly aimed at graduates from a non-finance discipline who wish to ‘skill into’ the international financial services sector and specifically into risk management. Learn more…


Entrepreneur Programme

Less than half of the Irish population believe they have the skill set needed to start a business, a statistic which is on par with the European average, despite the fact that a higher percentage of the Irish population compared with the European average readily identify entrepreneurial opportunities in their local area. [Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Survey of Entrepreneurship in Ireland]

Four in ten Irish people cite fear of failure as a reason for not starting a business and this is also a gendered issue with more women reporting that they do not see the opportunities or have the necessary skill set to start a business.

The aim of the Springboard Entrepreneur Programme is to give you the fundamental business skills and confidence needed to start & scale your own business.

Including modules in Digital Marketing, Personal Effectiveness, Finance for Start-Ups and more, the programme will help you develop from a seedling idea to a fully functioning business. If you are returning to the workforce after some time, the academic qualification you receive on successful completion (an Advanced Certificate in Management Practice) will confirm your newly acquired skills to prospective employers. Learn more…

About Springboard+

Springboard+ provides free higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work. Courses will also be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Springboard+ allows you to bring your career to the next level – learn new skills, enhance your existing skills, get the promotion or job you’ve always dreamed of.

Springboard+ is managed by The Higher Education Authority on behalf of The Department of Education and Skills. Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. #TheTimeIsNow

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