Minister Quinn announces eligibility change to Springboard

Ruairi Quinn TD Six-month unemployment requirement waived for final course places IT Tralee extends closing date for Springboard applicants 

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced that the requirement to be out of work for six months or more to access a Springboard programme will be relaxed for the final phase of recruitment to Springboard 2011.  Minister Quinn outlined that he has now decided to waive the six months waiting period, in response to the huge level of demand from unemployed people for Springboard programmes.  This includes people who have lost their jobs within the last six months and people who have been unemployed for much longer but have managed to find temporary work, for a few weeks or months at a time.

Following the Ministers announcement, The Institute of Technology, Tralee will extend the application deadline for it’s range of programmes to Wednesday September 14th.

Springboard is targeted at those who were previously working but lost their jobs or were made redundant and who, with some upskilling, could fill current or future job shortages.   Those who undertake the courses will retain their benefits and if they find a job, they will still be permitted and encouraged to finish their course.

A total of 9 part-time courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, all validated on the National Framework of Qualifications (levels 6 – 9) are being offered by the IT Tralee under Springboard. The courses on offer range from Social Media to Tourism to Environmental Science , Engineering Technology, Business Information Systems and Energy Management.

To make it easier to apply for these places, potential students will apply online though Bluebrick.ie a single web portal for all Springboard related activities.

Further information on the courses available, eligibility criteria and the application process are also available from the Lifelong Learning Department at the IT Tralee @ 066-7191701.