6,000 Education Places Created For Jobseekers

Six thousand places are to be created on the government's Springboard programme, allowing jobseekers to apply for free higher education places, including degree and post-graduate courses.

The Exchequer will fund the programme at a cost of €25 million to provide the free eduction places. To date some 16,000 people have used the programme, since it's launch in 2011.

Jobseekers can study with the programme to gain awards at certificate, degree and post-graduate level. Courses are usually part time and run for up to year.

Thirty eight colleges are involved this year offering 171 different courses.


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