Government launches Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on May 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and the Minister of State for Training, Skills Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan TD today launched a new suite of courses under Springboard+ 2019. This brings the number of courses to 285 and the number of places available from this academic year to over 9,000 …” (more)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 15 May]

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CAO courses need a revamp to make them attractive again, warns report

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on May 6th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“CAO courses taken by thousands of school leavers every year are ‘losing their attractiveness’, a new paper warns as it calls for a makeover. The paper, ‘The Future of Undergraduate Technological Higher Education’, says if no remedial action is taken, ‘”it is not impossible that both qualifications will gradually disappear’ …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 6 May]

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TCD to teach first course in regional cities

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has begun reaching out to the regions by offering its first course that will be taught in Cork, Limerick, and Galway as well as Dublin. The level nine postgraduate certificate in innovation and enterprise development will be marketed to job-seekers and aspiring entrepreneurs …” (more)

[Michael Cogley, Independent, 17 February]

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Ministers McHugh and Halligan announce competitive call for Springboard+ 2019

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Focus on skills for the workplace of the future. The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD today issued a competitive call to all higher education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2019 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 January]

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Free third-level courses on offer to help tackle skills shortages

Posted in Governance and administration on June 4th, 2018 by steve

“Thousands of free or discounted higher-education courses are being made available to workers seeking to upskill in areas where there are skills shortages such as the technology and biopharma sectors. The Springboard+ initiative has until recently been targeted at unemployed people to help them to re-enter the labour market …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 June]

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People with jobs will now be eligible for free third level courses

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of free or heavily subsidised third level courses in areas where there are skills shortages are to be made available to people in employment for the first time. The Springboard+ initiative has until now been heavily targeted at unemployed people in need of upskilling to help them to re-enter the labour market …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 January]

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Homemakers sign up for free third-level courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Hundreds of homemakers have signed up for free higher education courses as part of an initiative aimed at filling skills shortages. The Springboard+ scheme provides access to courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas such as advanced manufacturing, business and entrepreneurship and ICT …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 October]

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Ministers Bruton and Halligan launch 6,471 free higher education places under Springboard+

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 26th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills, John Halligan TD, launched over 6,400 new free education places under springboard+ 2017.The courses are targeted at jobseekers and those in employment or self-employment who wish to upskill, reskill or cross skill in the Biopharma/Med Tech and ICT sectors …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 May]

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Free third-level courses to be offered to homemakers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Free third-level courses are to be offered to homemakers for the first time to combat skills shortage in parts of the economy. Up until now, thousands of free third-level courses have been directed mainly at unemployed people in need of upskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 28 February]

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Minister Bruton announces a further competitive Call to Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority (HEA) which manages Springboard+ on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills has issued a competitive Call to all Higher Education providers for course proposals which will be funded under Springboard+ 2017. Springboard+ forms part of the Action Plan for Education, our plan to make the Irish education and training system the best in Europe within a decade …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 February]

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Courses see 80% leave live register

Posted in Governance and administration on December 29th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Government-backed training courses saw 80% of those who participants leave the live register over four years, a new report has found. Meanwhile, Skills Minister John Halligan hailed the number of women in Springboard+ linked technology training schemes …” (more)

[Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 29 December]

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Govt announce more than 5,800 free places for jobseekers in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government has announced more than 5,800 free higher education places for jobseekers. Almost 700 are part-time, two-year ICT Conversion Courses …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 15 June]

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Minister English calls on students to consider Tech careers ahead of CAO deadline

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“In advance of the CAO change of mind deadline on 1st July, the Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, encouraged students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 June]

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Ministers O’Sullivan and English launch largest Springboard offering of 9,000 free higher education places for jobseekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Springboard+ 2015 is the largest offering of free part-time and full time higher education places to provide reskilling and upskilling opportunities for up to 9,000 jobseekers. Springboard+ 2015 which incorporates part-time Springboard courses and full-time ICT skills conversion programmes will provide for 285 courses at 42 higher education institutions across Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 7 May]

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College courses for Limerick jobseekers under threat

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2014 by steve

“A government directive that prevents lecturers from being paid for extra teaching hours could jeopardise college courses for hundreds of Limerick jobseekers …” (more)

[Kathy Masterson, Limerick Post, 25 September]

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More graduates availing of Springboard jobseekers programme

Posted in Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“An increasing number of graduates are availing of the Springboard jobseekers programme, new figures show ahead of the provision of an additional 6,100 course places through the scheme …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 June]

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Thousands to get free college places under back-to-work scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on June 9th, 2014 by steve

“Thousands of jobseekers will benefit from free third-level places under the Government’s Springboard programme to help them back to work …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 June]

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Ireland’s first ever third-level Korean course offered free to job-seekers

Posted in Teaching on August 15th, 2013 by steve

“Springboard’s next batch of free part-time courses will include eight programmes featuring foreign languages as a key part of study in order to address Ireland’s language competency skills gap …” (more)

[Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic, 15 August]

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New Springboard scheme creates 6,000 college places for jobseekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“The Department of Education and Skills has revealed that 6,000 new higher education places are being made available to provide re-training opportunities for jobseekers as part of a €23m third Springboard allocation …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 21 June]

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6,000 free third-level places will provide skills that jobseekers need

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“Labour Senator Mary Moran has welcomed the announcement by Minister Ruairi Quinn that an additional 6,000 free part-time higher education places are being made available under the Springboard programme to provide re-training opportunities to jobseekers …” (more)

[Labour Party, 21 June]

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