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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Springboard 2013 information notice

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2012 by steve

“It is intended to issue a new Call for Proposals during February 2013 as part of a further roll-out of the national Springboard initiative. The Call will invite proposals on provision of higher education courses in areas of identified skills need …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 10 December]

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Digital gaming degree open to jobseekers

Posted in Teaching on August 2nd, 2012 by steve

“Up to 200 jobseekers will be allowed to draw the dole while studying a free degree in digital games for the first time. Unemployed people who want to pursue a career in the booming gaming industry are being encouraged to enroll on the course, which starts in October …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 2 August]

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New GMIT positions for unemployed

Posted in Governance and administration on May 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) is to create 146 new positions for unemployed people in its Science and Engineering courses. The move comes following confirmation of HEA funding for the programmes and some special purpose awards in GMIT from this September under the 2012 Springboard initiative …” (more)

[Galway Independent, 23 May]

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Education Minister announces 6,000 Springboard initiative places

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2012 by steve

“Six thousand new college places are being made available to unemployed people as part of the Springboard initiative, it was announced today. The courses, which are free and part-time, are in growth sectors like ICT, medical devices and pharmaceuticals …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 21 May]

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Springboard project

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide a detailed updated assessment of the springboard project; the number of successful applicants who are currently taking approved courses and those who have finished courses; if he will outline the number of courses taken by field of study, by institution, by age and gender of applicants, by former occupation; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 23 February]

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500 college places for jobseekers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 13th, 2012 by steve

“Another 500 free, part-time places are opening up on third-level courses for unemployed people under the Government’s Springboard programme …” (more)

[Independent, 13 February]

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1,200 college places for jobless unfilled

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 6th, 2011 by steve

“More than 1,200 free third-level college places on offer to unemployed people are still unfilled three months after most courses began as part of a Government jobs drive …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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