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How do I know if I am eligible for a Springboard+ course?

Published 06/08/2015 | 02:30

Thinking about studying through Springboard+? Here's how to check if you are eligible

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There's no doubt that there are many benefits to participating in the Springboard+ programme. Each course is provided free of charge and allows you to keep any social protection payments you are entitled to. If you find yourself out of work then gaining a Springboard+ qualification will help you to enhance your current skills and develop new ones and thus improve both your immediate and longer-term employability.

Another huge benefit is that if you succeed in landing a job whilst completing a course, colleges have been asked to provide as much flexibility as possible for you to complete your studies.

Sound like the right programme for you? Great! The next step is to determine whether you are eligible for the scheme or not.

Part-time courses

The majority of Springboard+ courses are part-time courses and can be a great way to secure a qualification while remaining available for and actively seeking work. To be eligible for a part-time Springboard+ course a person must be unemployed with a previous history of employment and satisfy one of the following four criteria:

1.Be in receipt of one of Jobseekers Benefit, Jobseekers Allowance, One Parent Family, Disability Allowance, Qualified Adults of Working Age, Carers Allowance, Farm assist/Fish Assist, Widow(er)s Contributory or Non-Contributory Pension, Blind Pension or Deserted Wives Allowance from the Department of Social Protection, OR

2.Be signing for social insurance contribution credits OR

3.Be previously self-employed.

4.And be actively seeking employment.

For those on a qualifying social welfare payment, there is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. However, Springboard+ providers are required to give priority to applications from people who are long-term unemployed.

For full details on eligibility, visit www.springboardcourses.ie/eligibility

Irish Independent

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