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Will I lose my benefit if I do a Springboard course?

To be eligible to apply for a place on a Springboard course a person must be unemployed and seeking work for at least 6 months at the time of commencement of the course. This eligibility must be certified by the Department of Social Protection.

Applicants must also be in receipt of one of the following payments:

* Jobseekers Benefit

* Jobseekers Allowance

* One Parent Family Payment

* Those not in receipt of a payment but signing for credits are also eligible to apply

Will I be able to retain my social welfare payment whilst doing a Springboard course?

The Part-Time Education Option (PTEO) scheme, overseen by the Department of Social Protection, enables Springboard participants in receipt of the Jobseekers Benefit and the Jobseekers Allowance to retain their payment where an entitlement to such a payment exists.

If successful in gaining a place on a course you must continue to meet the conditions attached to these payments, including remaining available for work.

To ensure that you retain your payments you will also need to formally register for the PTEO scheme in your local Department of Social Protection office.

If you are in receipt of the One Parent Family Payment you will be able to retain your payment as long as you continue to meet the conditions attached to it.

As Springboard funding is only available for part-time courses you will not be eligible for a Higher Education Grant or the Back to Education Allowance.