Funded Courses for Jobseekers

If you are a jobseeker and are interested in further study for free, then check out the Springboard funded courses on offer in NUI Galway. 100% free fees are offered on a number of courses for eligible jobseekers.

What courses are available?

NUI Galway is offering places on the following Springboard/ICT Skills courses starting in August/September 2016:

*This course is full.

These courses are part-time, enabling you to keep social protection supports. The full list of Springboard courses available nationally is at

What is Springboard?

Springboard is a national initiative which offers free, part-time courses at certificate, degree and postgraduate level, leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in Ireland.

Springboard is open to jobseekers who have a previous history of employment and believe that a focused, high-quality qualification is the key to getting back to work.

All programmes lead to qualifications in enterprise sectors which are growing and need skilled personnel, including ICT, technology, manufacturing and financial services. Qualifications are also available in cross-enterprise skills such as innovation, entrepreneurship and skills to trade internationally.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for Springboard you must be unemployed with a previous history of employment and in receipt of payment from the Department of Social Protection. For full details check out the Springboard eligibility criteria.

To take any of these courses you must satisfy the relevant programme entry criteria and be Springboard eligible. The entry criteria for each of the courses are described on the course information page at the links above.

How do I apply?

To avail of Springboard funding you must apply for your chosen course on the Springboard website.

How do I find out more?

Click on the links on the course pages listed above for more information.

How do I contact Springboard?

Springboard information can be found at

Advice and guidance is also available on the Springboard+ freephone helpline on 1800 303 523. The line is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-4.30pm.