The Irish government recognises the importance of education for both individuals and society.
A number of government upskilling programmes have been developed which aim to encourage citizens to continue their learning and increase their skills level. Many of these programmes include financial supports.
If you are unemployed, or want to further your education, there is likely to be a support programme that will help you financially, while doing a course you may be interested in.
Most support programmes are designed to assist unemployed people to improve their skills and increase their chances of getting employment. Detailed information on current Employment Programmes can be found in our Job Seekers area.
Skillstowork.ie is aimed at making it easier for jobseekers and employers to know what Government skills initiatives are available to them.
If you are interested in training or reskilling, you can complete a quick and easy guide to find out which of the Government skills initiatives - Springboard, JobBridge, JobsPlus or Skillnets best suits you.
To start the skills to work questionnaire: click here
Did you know ...
Springboard+ offers free places on over 280 courses leading to awards at certificate, degree and post-graduate level. Springboard+ is primarily targeted at jobseekers with a previous history of employment, but not exclusively. There are also a range of Level 8 ICT skills conversion courses available leading to qualifications for enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including information and communications technology (ICT); manufacturing; international financial services; and key skills for enterprise to trade internationally.
Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, enterprise/entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and project management.
Need advice on what to do?
With so many possible courses, and a variety of different financial supports available, many people choose to discuss their options with a local careers advisor. Government based services provide free consultations and are available nationwide.