Springboard Courses

Your skills are in need in new high value employment sectors.  Springboard will help you make the transition.  Up-skilling and cross-skilling for an employment growth area has never been easier.  Feedback from employers confirms Springboard is producing throughput of skilled, job-ready personnel that they need.  

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  • Springboard 2016
  • Who is Eligible?
  • How to Apply
  • RPL

What is Springboard?

Springboard provides free, part-time places in higher education for people who are unemployed or previously self-employed in order to help them get back to work. Springboard students may be able to keep income supports while completing their course.

What courses are available under Springboard in 2016?

The following courses are available under the Springboard+ initiative for 2016:

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for a place on a Springboard+ 2016 programme a person must be unemployed with a previous history of employment AND satisfy one of the following three criteria AND be actively seeking employment:

1. be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection:

- Jobseekers Benefit
- Jobseekers Allowance
- One Parent Family
- Disability Allowance
- Qualified Adults of Working Age
- Carers Allowance
- Farm Assist/Fish Assist
- Widow(er)s Contributory or Non:contributory Pension
- Blind Pension
- Deserted Wives Allowance

There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course. However, providers will be required to give priority to applications from people who are long term unemployed.


2. be signing for social insurance contribution credits


3. be previously self-employed

People participating in the Community Employment Scheme; the Rural Social Scheme; Tús; JobBridge or in receipt of the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance or the Short Term Enterprise Allowance may apply for Springboard and, with the approval of a Department of Social Protection Facilitator, take up a Springboard course. To participate in a NFQ Level 9 (Post Graduate) course, a period of at least one year must have elapsed since completing a full time undergraduate degree programme leading to a major award at level 8 on the NFQ.

*For the purposes of determining eligibility for Springboard the term unemployed also includes people who are on short term working and in receipt of a Jobseekers payment from the Department of Social Protection.

Further information on eligibility is available at www.springboardcourses.ie

How to Apply

To apply for a Springboard course applicants must use the centralised application system via www.springboardcourses.ie.


In order to encourage and enable people to enter or re-enter formal education IT Carlow welcomes applications from candidates who wish to enhance their academic eligibility for a place on a course by using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) mechanism.
RPL is the term used to describe the system whereby prospective students can apply for formal recognition to a range of relevant learning that you may have gained prior to entry onto a particular course.  
RPL includes:
- Recognition of Prior Accredited Learning: This refers to the recognition of formal learning which is linked to the National Framework of Qualifications and for which certification has been awarded; it might include a course or part of a course that has been completed previously.
- Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning: This refers to the recognition of the kind of learning that has been gained through work or life experiences. It could also include learning gained through workplace training courses.
- Candidates will be asked to set out, formally and in detail using the IT Carlow Springboard RPL Form, any previous certified or experiential learning previous that they wish to have considered in the process of allocating places on a course.
In order to make an RPL application for a place on a IT Carlow Springboard+ 2016 please first contact the Springboard Co-ordinator, at springboard@itcarlow.ie with a brief outline of:
  • What course you are interested in;
  • What your current formal qualifications are;
  • What relevant experience you have.

Once this summary information has been received you will be informed on how best to proceed.

It is important to note that IT Carlow anticipates very significant demand for the Springboard 2015 courses.
In order to succeed in enhancing their eligibility through RPL candidates will need to engage fully and completely with the RPL requirements set out in the Springboard RPL form.
All modules taken on Springboard courses will typically contribute to the award classification and so module exemptions are generally not permitted.

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