Monday 16 October 2017

College offer to jobless in skills drive

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

EXPERIENCED workers who recently became unemployed can go back to college to learn skills for a new job without losing welfare payments.

Almost 6,000 third-level places will be available on courses in a range of areas such as engineering, digital marketing, sustainable energy and medical devices.

There is link between the type of courses on offer and the areas of the economy where there is a skills shortage or when it is predicted that there will be a future need.

The courses, from certificate up to Masters degree level, are free and participants will be allowed retain their Jobseeker's Allowance, while studying on a part-time or flexible basis, for between one and three years

It will allow those with a qualification ranging from Leaving Certificate up to a Masters degree, build on existing skills and pave a new career path.

Springboard is being launched today by Education Minister Ruairi Quinn. It is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA). There will be online applications on the website Bluebrick.ie, providing a single location to identify the courses on offer.

24-page education supplement inside

Irish Independent

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