Joe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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Springboard+ which incorporates the ICT skills conversion programme, is a targeted initiative which is used to provide funding for higher education courses aimed at meeting the need for in-demand skills in the economy. Springboard+ supports jobseekers to return to employment and those in employment to upskill or reskill.
Springboard+ is funded through the National Training Fund, €34.4m has been allocated to Springboard+ 2019 providing for 9,151 places on 275 courses.
The cost of providing 100 additional Springboard+ places would depend on the NFQ level and the skills area of the course. The most recent costings available are in relation to Springboard+ 2017 which are attached.
|Other Skills Areas||3,870|
|Cost per Place — Level 6 (€)|
|Financial Services||- |
|Other Skills Areas||3,544|
|Cost per Place — Level 7 (€)|
|Other Skills Areas||2,563|
|Cost per Place — Level 8 (€)|
|Other Skills Areas||4,750|
|Cost per Place — Level 9 (€)|
|Other Skills Areas||5,600|