A further 6,000 part-time, higher education places have been announced today by Education Minister, Ruairí Quinn as part of the Springboard programme.
The free 'Springboard' places are being made available to provide re-training opportunities for Ireland's current jobseekers. Today's announcement marks the third allocation of places under the initiative.
It's understood that over 200 courses will be provided at 38 Institutes of Technology, Universities and privately-run, higher education colleges across the country. They will enable individuals to acquire new skills that are in demand in today's economy.
The courses will focus on growth areas such as Information Technology, Communication, International Languages and International Financial Services.
Minister Quinn said: “Springboard is providing a pipeline of job-ready graduates, with up-to-the-minute skills and valuable qualifications for expanding sectors of the Irish economy."
Chairman of the Higher Education Authority (HEA), John Hennessy, said Springboard was more than an education initiative and labeled it as "driving a culture change within the system".
“The Springboard approach is transforming how we prepare people for the jobs market. Instead of education administrators designing courses in the hope that they make people employable, we start with industry needs," he said.
"Courses offer the skills-set employers need from graduates, in conjunction with educators”, Mr Hennessy added.
Applications can now be made on www.springboardcourses.ie
A Freephone Springboard guidance line is available on 1800 303 523
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