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Social Protection Criteria

To be eligible to join the programme applicants must be unemployed with a previous history of employment AND satisfy the following criteria:

1. Be in receipt of one of the following payments from the Department of Social Protection*:

  • Jobseeker’s Benefit
  • Jobseekers Allowance
  • One Parent Family
  • Disability Allowance
  • Qualified Adults of Working Age
  • Carers Allowance
  • Farm Assist/Fish Assist
  • Widow(er)s Contributory or Non-contributory Pension
  • Blind Pension
  • Deserted Wives Allowance


2. Be signing for social insurance contribution credits


3. Be previously self-employed


4. be actively seeking employment

* There is no requirement to be in receipt of a payment for a particular period of time prior to the commencement of the programme. Participants in receipt of an eligible payment at the time the Springboard course commences are eligible to apply for a place on that course.

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