Quinn increases access to upskilling initiative
THOUSANDS more unemployed people are getting an opportunity to reskill and get back to work.
Applicants to the hugely successful Springboard back-to-education initiative no longer have to be out of work for a minimum of six months before applying.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn announced a relaxation of the rules yesterday to allow more people to be eligible.
Springboard offers up to 6,000 free part-time places on courses from certificate to postgraduate level in more than 30 colleges countrywide.
The programme, launched in May, is aimed at people with experience in the workplace who have become unemployed. They retain their welfare benefits while studying.
The website bluebrick.ie offers information on, and applications to, the courses.
Financial Services Ireland (FSI), a division with the employers' organisation IBEC, welcomed the relaxation in eligibility requirements.
FSI director Brendan Buren said firms in the financial services sector were always looking for talented people.