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What Next : What are the educational opportunities for adults at Third Level?

Springboard-free courses for the unemployed


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.

A Freephone Guidance line 1800 303523 is also  in place to assist people with course choices and applications. The HEA-funded Freephone line is being hosted at the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, (The Freephone line is open from May until late September).

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