SPRINGBOARD @ DIT – exciting courses for 1000 job-seekers

  • 6,000 New Places for the Unemployed on Higher Education Courses
  • No Loss of Benefits for Those Who Take Up Places

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25th May 2011

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, TD, yesterday launched SPRINGBOARD – a programme for job-seekers that will provide 6,000 new places on higher education programmes across Ireland.  As part of the initiative, Dublin Institute of Technology has been asked to provide 1000 places on courses that offer opportunities for people to upskill or perhaps change career direction.

Minister Quinn said “We have a very talented workforce, but the loss of employment in traditional sectors such as construction, manufacturing and retail has meant that many of these qualified and experienced people are now out of work.  At the same time, we know that there are skills shortages in certain areas.  By providing focused up-skilling and retraining programmes, such as those offered through Springboard, we can match those vacancies with a newly re-skilled workforce and get people back to work.”

The Springboard places offered in DIT are at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development level.  According to Frank Costello, head of Admissions in DIT, “We can now offer someone who is currently unemployed the opportunity to take a chance on themselves and the next phase of their career.  The courses in DIT will be attractive to people coming to higher education for the first time as well as to someone who already has a degree or someone who has worked professionally and needs to add to their qualifications.  There are forty different courses to choose from, and they are wide-ranging - from computer gaming to energy management, supply chain management to cloud computing, food product innovation to medical device innovation, accessible web design to building retro-fitting.”

Recognising that there are more people eligible than there are places available, Costello said people shouldn’t rush their application and should take time to consider what would be the best route for them at this point in their career.  “If you’re eligible for this Springboard opportunity, take it – but make sure you find out as much as possible about the course before you decide.  We would advise you to ring us or call in to discuss what might suit you best – for example, you might not think of a mathematics qualification as leading to your new career but in fact it could give you exactly the skills that are needed for many roles, including statistics, modelling and applied mathematics. So think laterally and take a chance on yourself – we’ll be there to support you!”

To see the full list of Springboard courses available in DIT see http://www.dit.ie/springboard/  or phone 01 402 7527 for more information.

The SPRINGBOARD programme is managed by the Higher Education Authority.  Applications are made online through www.bluebrick.ie/springboard

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