Springboard+ 2021

Springboard+ provides higher education courses in areas where skills are most needed. Courses are from level 6 (certificate) to level 9 (master’s degree) on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). They are delivered by public and private higher education institutions around the country.

There are 10,158 places on 294 courses under Springboard+ 2021. There are also 1,101 places on 1 and 2-year information technology (ICT) graduate conversion courses on offer under the initiative. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) will also fund 1,869 places on 78 graduate courses.

Courses are free for people who are unemployed, who were previously self-employed, and people returning to work. NFQ level 6 courses (higher and advanced certificates) are also free for employed people.

For employed learners on courses from NFQ level 7 to level 9, the state pays 90% of the course fee, with learners paying just 10% of the fee. Levels 7 to 9 include ordinary and honours bachelor degrees, higher and post-graduate diplomas, and master’s degrees.

Training offer Information

Website link
Training url
Springboard courses
Target audience
Digital skills for ICT professionals and other digital experts.
Digital skills for the labour force.
Digital technology / specialisation
Artificial Intelligence
Web Development
Digital skill level
Digital Expert
Geographic Scope - Country
Industry - Field of Education and Training
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) not further defined
Target language
Type of initiative
National initiative
Target group
Persons requiring employment retraining
Persons who have completed tertiary education (EQF 6)
High Achievers
Typology of training opportunities
Learning activity
lab / simulation / practice coursework
Assessment type
Training duration
Up to a year
Type of training record
Single offer
Part time light
Credential offered
Learning activity
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