Springboard+ is a Government upskilling initiative that offers free and heavily subsidised courses leading to qualifications in areas with employment opportunities in the economy.
Springboard+ courses are available to the unemployed, returners, formerly self-employed, employed, and recent graduates. Springboard+ courses at Tangent are offered on a part-time basis for a maximum of 6 months, and are either free of charge to eligible applicants, or charged at a rate of 10% to eligible employed applicants (€280 - €380, depending on the course).
- Support those who are unemployed, formerly self-employed, and those who have been out of the workforce for some time (“Returners”) to return to sustainable employment.
- Provide opportunities for workforce development to enhance the skill levels of those already in employment; increase the national rate of engagement in Life-Long Learning; to reskill those whose current occupation may be at risk from technological and other developments. The four areas of digital skills, transversal skills, management and leadership skills and the workplace of the future are significant principles addressed under this objective.
- Enhance collaboration between enterprise and higher education to design and deliver relevant higher education courses that support job creation and expansion in line with the Government’s Future Jobs Ireland, National Skills Strategy, and National Development Plan.
- Enhance the skills profile of the labour force to meet the targets and objectives of Future Jobs Ireland the National Development Plan and the National Skills Strategy, Technology Skills 2022, and Languages Connect.