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Could a Springboard+ course be the right choice for your career?


What are Springboard+ courses?

Springboard+ courses are courses funded by the government and are designed to give you real-world skills that employers are actively looking for. These qualifications are proven to be a gateway into a rewarding career. If you are unemployed, the courses are free and if you are employed but want to upskill, then you will only have to pay 10 percent of the fee.

Who can apply for a Springboard+ course?

The truth is, anybody can apply for a Springboard+ course. The courses are free for anyone who is unemployed but for people who are working, you simply pay 10 percent of the course fee which will be less than €650 for any of the courses available at Griffith College.

Why would a Springboard+ degree help me?

Every single Springboard+ course qualifies students in a growing industry sector with a high demand for new personnel, such as Information Communication Technology (ICT), Industrial Engineering, or Web Development.

Since Springboard+ courses cater specifically to the unemployed, homemakers and other non-traditional students, a variety of study options are available. Part-time courses and blended learning options give jobseekers and working individuals the flexibility to continue pursuing their work endeavours as they expand opportunities with practical new skills.

Likewise, full-time courses are available for students seeking to quickly qualify for new positions, many taking place over a single academic year. For homemakers, Springboard courses can lead to work from home jobs opportunities in exciting, lucrative fields.

How long do I have to be unemployed to qualify for a Springboard+ course?

You can apply for a free Springboard+ course the minute you become unemployed. There are no waiting periods. Springboard+ courses are designed to get you back to work quickly with a skillset that employers are actively looking for.

What social welfare payments entitle me to a free Springboard+ course?

To qualify for a free Springboard+ course, you must either be getting a qualifying social welfare payment or be in one of the other eligible categories listed below.

Social welfare payments:

  • ​Jobseeker’s Benefit

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance

  • One-Parent Family Payment

  • Disability Allowance

  • Carer’s Allowance

  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist

  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension

  • Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-Contributory) Pension

  • Blind Pension

  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance.

You can also apply for Springboard+ if:

  • You are a qualified adult of working age (under 66) on someone else’s social welfare payment

  • You are signing for social insurance credits

  • You are not eligible for a 2-year part-time ICT conversion courses if you are getting a jobseeker’s payment (including Farm Assist) or you are a qualified adult of working age on someone else’s social welfare payment.

What Springboard+ courses can I study at Griffith College?

Our courses for 2018 / 2019 include:

Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering (Level 7)

This course is designed to get you an industrial engineering qualification and has produced many graduates who are now working in manufacturing companies all over Ireland. Previous graduates have gone on to secure promotions and pay-rises in manufacturing companies because the qualification makes them very attractive to employers in the sector.

Certificate in Music Production for Games (Level 6)

Ireland is home to many of the biggest gaming companies in the world. This course allows students to gain a deep understanding of how games are created as well as studying in state-of-the-art facilities.

Higher National Certificate in Computing (Level 6) (Limerick)

This course, based at Griffith College Limerick, is designed specifically for those who would like a career in Ireland’s burgeoning computing industry. It is also suited to those that wish to improve their own career opportunities of those who are currently working in computing environment that seek career progression and also those who would like to pursue a career in the computing in the industries located in Limerick and the surrounding areas.

Higher Diploma in Science in Computing (Level 8 – 2 Years Part-time)

This part-time course is perfectly suited to those currently in work or who are tied up with family commitments during the daytime. Students on this course will be taught the essential skills to secure a first job in the IT sector – and some students even progress on to further study opportunities – both at Griffith College and in other institutions.

Higher Diploma in Science in Web Development (full- or part-time)

If done on a full-time basis, this course can be completed in one year; or two if you choose to study part-time. A qualification in web development can lead to a highly rewarding career the tech industry with web development skills becoming more and more highly-sought after in some of Ireland’s biggest companies.

How do I actually apply to Springboard+?

  • Just go visit the Springboard+ website.
  • Click on the ‘Register’ tab on the right-hand side and complete form.
  • Go to the ‘Search Courses’ tab.
  • Go to the ‘Providers’ tab and scroll down to select ‘Griffith College’.
  • Click on the course you’d like to apply for.
  • Click ‘Apply Now’ and someone from our team will be in touch within a few days!


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