Skillsnet is a state funded programme which provides free training to eligible unemployed people. All the training courses are industry-specific with some courses offering training if you are already in employment, which has an added benefit of networking opportunities. Others are dedicated courses in areas of employment potential, which also include a relevant work placement. If you have previously been in the workforce and want to update your skills in a particular area, this might be a good option for you. To find out what courses are available you can check the Skillsnet website.
Momentum provides free education and training projects to people who are unemployed for twelve months or more. Courses under this initiative are focussed on expanding employment areas such as the Built Environment, ICT, Transport, Distribution and Logistics, Tourism, Financial Services, Manufacturing Technology, Personal Services, Sales and Marketing and Business Administration. To access one of these courses you will need to contact your local Intreo Centre, Employment Services office or Local Employment Services office. You can get further information on Momentum from their website.
The target groups for Springboard part-time courses are people who have lost their jobs and are now unemployed and who need to up-skill or re-skill to help them to regain employment in the future. Springboard offers courses at Certificate, Degree and Masters level, in areas where there are employment opportunities. Most of the courses are part time hours so you can keep your current social welfare payment while you attend the course. If you wish to pursue an ICT skills conversion course offered on a full time basis you may be able to transfer to the Back to Education Allowance. All courses lead to qualifications in 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. To be eligible for a part time Springboard course you must be a jobseeker in receipt of one of the following payments; Jobseekers (Allowance or Benefit), One Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Blind Pension, Widow’s Pension or Deserted Wives Allowance. You are also eligible if you were previously self employed, signing for credits or on a government employment programme.
Further information on the courses available and how to apply is available from the Springboard website.