Written answers

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Department of Education and Skills

Departmental Schemes

8:00 pm

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry South, Independent)
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Question 186: To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding applicants (details supplied) for the springboard scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17339/11]

Photo of Ruairi QuinnRuairi Quinn (Minister, Department of Education and Skills; Dublin South East, Labour)
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Springboard is a specific initiative targeted at unemployed people who have lost jobs in sectors where employment levels will not return and who will need new qualifications and skills to re-enter employment as the economy recovers.

To be eligible for a place on a Springboard course an applicant must have been unemployed for a minimum of 6 months when the course starts. At the time of starting a Springboard course an applicant also must be in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance, Jobseeker’s Benefit or One Parent Family Payment or be signing for contribution credits and be available and actively seeking employment. The rationale for applying a 6 months waiting criteria is to ensure that the limited resources available for Springboard are directed at unemployed people, who may be in most need of upskilling or reskilling in order to get back into employment.

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