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Career Guidance

What is Career Guidance and what parents need to know to help their children effectively.

Options after school

What options are available after school, the supports that are available, and how to apply to college .

Leaving Cert Results - What Next?

What to do in the days after the results come out and getting the most out of the options available.

Grants and Scholarships

Explore the range of supports available for students considering going to college.

Disabilities & Supports

Learn how to support children with differing abilities through our education system.

Leaving Cert Subject Guide

Explore leaving cert subjects and the skills and opportunities they offer.

Springboard

The Springboard initiative in Higher Education offer free, part-time courses at Certificate, Degree and Masters level. 

This year, for the first time, Springboard+ courses will be extended so that all courses will now be open to people irrespective of their employment status.

  • Level 6 courses will remain free to all participants.
  • Returners and those in receipt of certain allowances, including Jobseekers Benefit, will continue to be able to access courses free of charge.
  • For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.

Springboard, is managed by the Higher Education Authority, and allows those who undertake the courses to retain their benefits and if they find a job, they will still be permitted and encouraged to finish their course.

A total of 34 institutions in both the public and private sector offer programmes ranging from Certificates in Digital Marketing and in Supply Chain Management to Masters in Energy Management.

Advice and guidance on Springboard, including ICT Skills Conversion courses is available from the Springboard freephone helpline on 1800 303 523. The line is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm

To view current Springboard courses click here.
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