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Springboard+ Launches Online Visual Showcase

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Springboard+ Launches Online Visual Showcase

Monday, September 21, 2015 

Springboard+ Launches Online Visual Showcase

Springboard+ is launching an online ‘Visual Showcase’ to promote its range of courses for 2015.

The showcase consists of a series of videos, posted on YouTube and social media, which allow jobseekers the opportunity to hear Springboard+ graduates discuss their experiences on the scheme.

In these videos Springboard+ participants speak for themselves, discussing the impact that the scheme has had on their lives. One such participant is David Power, who didn't have much of an educational background before Springboard and left school when he was 16. Indeed, Power remembers that on his first day of his Springboard course he couldn't even use Microsoft Word. However subsequent to the reskilling that he attained through Springboard, David is now employed and working in the Mobile Technologies sector.

Jobseekers will be pleased to know that there are still places available on Springboard’s range of ICT courses this year.

Another story is that of Michael Heffernan, a sales employee for 25 years, who found himself out of work because of the recession. After 3 months looking for work he undertook a Springboard+ course in Polymer Technology. He is now working in the Medical Device sector and as Michael said himself; “I was able to try something different and I am now doing something for the first time ever in a job that I love.”

The Visual Showcase gives a taste of why Springboard+ is becoming an increasingly popular option for jobseekers. A scan of data by the Department of Social Protection indicates that 74% of all Springboard participants 2011 – 2014 are no longer on the Live Register. Many of these graduates have gone on to higher grade jobs, with 62% of Springboard graduates now working in managerial or professional positions. Springboard+ is a proven route for all ages.

Last month, thousands of Jobseekers from across Ireland attended a series of Springboard+ ‘Showcase’ events in Galway, Cork and Dublin, organised to exhibit the 296 courses that the scheme has to offer. Following from these events, there has been a significant spike in applications for Springboard+ courses this year.

New places are now being made available to meet this demand. Alan McGrath, Manager, Skills and Enterprise Engagement, Higher Education Authority, urged jobseekers to find out more:

“Springboard+ is a fantastic opportunity for jobseekers, and for anyone seeking to reskill. With many courses soon to commence thousands more people will be well positioned to attain well-paid, cutting edge jobs, from ICT to Construction, via the HEA’s Springboard+ programme of free full time, part-time and conversion courses. I am pleased to say that additional places are now available because of high demand.”

“There are places still available and I would urge anyone who is interested to register on and submit an application now.

The Springboard+ Visual Showcase videos can be found on the YouTube channel here

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To find out more about Springboard+ or to apply for a course: see

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The CareersPortal Team