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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Springboard Programme

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail)
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305. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the estimated cost of the provision of 100 additional springboard courses. [31285/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe 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.

Skills SectorSB2017
Construction/Green Economy3,883
Financial Services5,092
ICT Conversion6,684
ICT Part-time5,043
Other Skills Areas3,870
Cost per Place — Level 6 (€)
Skills SectorSB2017
Construction/Green Economy3,000
Financial Services
ICT Conversion-
ICT Part-time4,774
Other Skills Areas3,544
Cost per Place — Level 7 (€)
Skills SectorSB2017
Construction/Green Economy-
Financial Services2,400
ICT Conversion-
ICT Part-time4,689
Other Skills Areas2,563
Cost per Place — Level 8 (€)
Skills SectorSB2017
Construction/Green Economy-
Financial Services5,142
ICT Conversion6,684
ICT Part-time4,389
Other Skills Areas4,750
Cost per Place — Level 9 (€)
Skills SectorSB2017
Construction/Green Economy4,325
Financial Services5,516
ICT Conversion-
ICT Part-time6,417
Other Skills Areas5,600


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