There are over 80 different government supports available to small businesses but many of them are not well known or understood. Each week in the SFA e-zine, we will profile a different support that could improve your business, giving you information and advice.
Free and 90% subsidised college courses at certificate, degree and masters level in areas where industry has identified skills needs. There are over 8,000 places available on over 245 courses around the country.
For the first time in 2018, Springboard+ is open to those in employment. Lots of Springboard+ courses offer distance, online and blended learning options, and are run on a part-time basis.
Courses will be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7-9, 90% of the course fee will be funded, with participants required to contribute 10% of the fee.
The speed of development of new technologies will inevitably affect the future workplace and there will be no escaping these changes. What is new and innovative today will be outdated in no time. It will be vital for employees to continue to upskill and reskill to keep up to date with the latest technologies.
Ireland’s lifelong learning rate is almost half the EU average, so Springboard+ is one of a range of initiatives to encourage those in work to pursue further education and training. As an employer, promoting lifelong learning, upskilling and career development will assist you to be an employer of choice and retain ambitious employees.
Check out www.springboardcourses.ie to check the eligibility of the applicant and browse the selection of courses. Applications can be made online through the Springboard+ website.
If you are interested in applying, don’t forget:
- The scheme is open to people in employment, returners, the unemployed and those formerly self-employed
- Skills areas covered include: business, law, engineering, ICT, maths, statistics, manufacturing, construction, health and services
- Applications can be made online for a maximum of 10 courses, but participants can only study one course at a time
- More information is available on www.springboardcourses.ie, Twitter @SpringboardHEA and Facebook under Springboard Courses