John Stewart, INOU coordinator attended @SpringboardHEA Launch

15 Jun 2016

John Stewart,  INOU coordinator, attended @SpringboardHEA Launch.- Great to see opportunities in higher-education for unemployed people.

Springboard means

Free part-time and conversion courses

Springboard+ offers a choice of 181 free, part-time and intensive conversion courses in higher education from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level. Applications can also be made for one year full-time and two year part-time ICT Skills Conversion courses.

to Graduate with skills in growing sectors

All courses lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing; international financial services; and key skills for enterprise to trade internationally. Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management.

to Keep your social protection supports

Most Springboard+ courses are part-time, enabling you to keep social protection supports. However, a number of the courses available are ICT Conversion courses, which can be one year full-time or two year part-time. In relation to the one year full-time courses those who are in receipt of a Jobseekers payment and satisfy Department of Social Protection criteria of being in receipt of a payment for 9 of the previous 12 months can apply for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). In relation to the two year part-time ICT Conversion courses, those who are in receipt of a Jobseekers payment, or a Farm Assist payment, or a Qualified Adults of Working Age payment are not eligible for these two year courses. Please click here for more details.

The INOU is delighted to be again hosting the Guidance Counsellors for the Springboard Freephone helpline.

The Springboard+ 2016 helpline is now open. Speak to Joan or Joan (no confusion here!) on 1800 303 523.

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