Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today welcomed confirmation that the successful Springboard initiative to provide part time higher education places for unemployed people in areas of current and future skills needs is to be expanded.
A further 6,000 part-time Springboard places are being launched in the roll-out of Springboard 2012.
“This initiative provides graduates with vital skills and qualifications that sectors of our economy need to grow and expand”.
"Since 2011, Springboard has supported almost 5,000 unemployed people to undertake part-time higher education programmes in areas of identified skills needs such as ICT, Medical Devices, Entrepreneurship and the Green Economy. About 3,500 of those students will graduate next month, with the remainder continuing their studies".
The eligibility criteria have been expanded to include people who were previously self-employed and people in receipt of an extended number of social welfare payments such as Disability Allowance and Carer’s Allowance.