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Who is eligible to attend the courses?

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.

Educational Requirements

I am an adult learner who has gained extensive equivalent experience in employment.

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Honours degree in business or a related discipline, such as accounting, finance or economics; or honour degree in a non-business discipline with three years of relevant work experience.

Those who do not hold a degree but have exceptional middle or senior management experience, are eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Developed Skills and Experience

Previous skills and experience developed in the workplace, in extra-curricular activities, or in other context will also be reviewed as part of your application.

Please note that work placements (where available) will be assigned based on a match between the candidate and the company. Companies may require entrance interviews before offering work placements.

You may also be asked to take part in a telephone interview to confirm eligibility and/or provide additional information to assess your suitability for the programme.

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