Sunday, 20 August, 2017

What Next : What is Second Chance & Further Education?

What Next : Upskilling and Training

Labour Market Activation Measures - Springboard and Momentum


From time to time the government introduces Labour Market Activation Measures to target specific groups of people to equip them with the necessary skills to get them back into the workforce. Keep an eye out for initiatives that you may be eligible for. An example of some recent initiatives are MOMENTUM and Springboard.



  • government initiative
  • provides free education and training for long-term jobseekers
  • It will assist 6,500 long term unemployed jobseekers to gain in-demand skills and to access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities
  • Programmes include work experience modules as well as the development of workplace skills. 

Providers from both the private and public sector are offering individual MOMENTUM programmes in locations all across Ireland in areas such as ICT, digital media, healthcare and social services, the green economy, food processing and sales and marketing.

For more information and a full list of courses visit  or contact your local Social Welfare Office.


Springboard offers free, part time higher education courses at certificate, degree and masters level. Courses are particularly targeted towards people employed in areas now experiencing significant structural unemployment. 

In order to qualify for a Springboard course you must be in receipt of an unemployment payment, however no qualifying period applies. You must be available for work for the duration of the course.  Springboard courses have been developed around the needs of adult learners and are generally flexible. 

Springboard courses are ideally suited to people who have substantial work experience but need a third level qualification to upskill or retrain in growth areas.  Applications must be made through the Springboard website –, which also allows learners to compare different courses and search by area.

There is also a dedicated Springboard helpline at Freephone 1800 303 523. (The Helpline is open from May until late September/October). 

Visit for more information.

ICT Conversion Courses

The ICT plan involves a number of higher education providers who offer various Level 8 Conversion Programmes which will provide graduates from other skills areas with the opportunity to up-skill or re-skill through a one year full time HDip Conversion Programme in core computing/programming skills. Visit for more information. 

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