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Springboard funded programmes offer a unique low-cost opportunity to reskill, upskill and new-skill employees across a spectrum of critical and emerging industry roles. The below table gives an at-a-glance summary of the IOB programmes approved for funding.
These programmes address areas where critical skills shortages exist and, consequently, offer an opportunity for accelerated employee development. All are accredited by UCD, part-time and delivered 100% online. They have been designed and are delivered to complement the work-life balance of busy professionals working across the industry. Our experience to date with funded programmes is that demand will most likely exceed the supply of places.
FREE or 90% subsidised
Level 7 Professional Certificate in Responsible and Sustainable Finance
Level 7 Professional Certificate in International Investment Fund Services
Level 9 Professional Diploma in Data Analytics in Financial Services
Level 9 Professional Diploma in Digital Transformation in Financial Services
Level 9 Professional Diploma in Strategic Management in Financial Services
Level 9 Graduate Diploma in Digital and Data Strategy in Financial Services
When applying for a course through Springboard+ you will also need to apply on the basis of either being:
Employed - working either for yourself or someone else.
Unemployed - not currently working, receiving a qualifying welfare payment from the Department of Social Protection (unless you are formerly self-employed) and actively seeking employment.
A Returner - a Homemaker, on other caring duties, or economically dependent on a partner/spouse for at least 9 of the last 12 months.
A Recent Graduate - a graduate from a full-time NFQ Level 8 degree within the 12 months prior to the start of a Springboard+ course and who does not fit into one of the above categories.
Your eligibility is assessed based on your status on the date your course first starts. You will need to meet the eligibility criteria on that date. Documentary evidence of this will be requested during the course before a fee payment is made on your behalf.
Please visit springboardcourses.ie/eligibility for more information.
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