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Upskill and be work-ready with Springboard+ courses

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

The Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar upskilling initiatives for 2021, which are supported by the Department of Further Education & Higher Education, offer free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

They are designed to help people gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in a current job. The majority of courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months and are open to all applicants; Employed, Unemployed, and Returners who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement.

Under the Springboard+ there are over 10,000 places on 321 courses being offered nationwide at certificate, degree and postgraduate levels spanning several different career sectors. They include courses in ICT, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Innovation, Digital Skills, Finance, Hospitality, Pharmaceuticals, Creative Media, Health & Safety, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Construction, Lean Systems and much more.

As part of the HCI Pillar 1 initiative, graduates can apply for full-time graduate conversion courses in areas of skills shortages and emerging technologies such as ICT, High End Manufacturing, Data Analytics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and others.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Springboard+ and HCI Pillar courses, applicants need to be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland, have a valid PPS number, meet the nationality/visa requirement, have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least three out of the last five years. As places are limited, applicants who are on a qualifying Social Welfare payment will always take priority over others.

FEES

Course fees for Springboard+ and HCI Pillar 1 are either free or 90% subsidised depending on eligibility. For those who are employed and applying for NFQ Level 6 course, fees are fully funded. For those who are employed and applying for a course at NFQ Levels 7, 8 or 9, fees are 90% subsidised and the 10% can be paid by the participant or employer. For anyone who is returning to the workforce after a period of unemployment or from a career break to care for loved ones, fees are fully funded for all NFQ levels.

DEADLINES

Applications are now open with some deadlines in early August and start dates in early September. Some courses will start in January so application deadlines will be later. For further details on all courses including entry requirements and on how to apply, log on the www.springboard.ie, and for support and guidance phone 1800 303 523 where you will get professional advice from experienced guidance counsellors. There is huge interest in these excellent opportunities to upskill and retrain and demand outstrips supply so to give yourself the best chance of securing a place, apply now!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors and Careers Advisor at www.mycareerplan.ie. She can be contacted on info@mycareerplan.ie or via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook on @mycareerplan1.

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Massive increase in numbers using local bus services

Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin. This is the highest […]

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Passenger numbers on local link buses across Kerry have increased by 1727% from 2020 to 2023 according to local Green Party Candidate for Killarney Diarmaid Griffin.

This is the highest increase nationally and is due to the investment by the Department of Transport during this government term.

“This service was lacking in former times, especially in rural areas and is a welcome addition to the countryside and villages of Kerry.’ says Green Party Candidate for Killarney,” said Griffin.

“While in the past, a taxi was the only option for those not cycling or driving. Now a service to Killarney is available every Friday morning from my townland of Barleymount. This is just one example of the network of bus routes criss-crossing the county thanks to local link.”

“This project is a notable success as the figures show. Investment in public transport helps alleviate congestion, increases community cohesion and reduces rural isolation. This is all welcome news for the locality,”

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Two weeks to go to Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’There is less than two weeks to show time for the cast of Killarney Musical Society’s production of ‘Michael Collins A Musical Drama’

Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena. The launch was […]

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Killarney Musical Society held its official launch on Sunday where cast members appeared in full costume ahead of the March 5 – 7 performance at the INEC Arena.

The launch was followed by a full rehearsal and director Oliver Hurley was also there to lend a hand.

“We were delighted to introduce our lead characters to you. We had Abbey Theatre players Brigid Delia and Michael, who are the narrators throughout the musical drama. Eamonn De Valera , Harry Boland, Joe Emmett, Arthur Griffith, Cathal Brugha, volunteers and of course the beautiful Kitty Kieran were in full costume,” said KMS PRO Linda O’Donoghue.

“Mother Ireland and her five graceful dancers were fabulous. Our director and choreographer Oliver, our musical director Michael Young and the full cast of 64 were there. The singing was powerful. The music in ‘Michael Collins – A Musical Drama’ is distinctly Irish. People will definitely enjoy it.”

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Get your tickets in the INEC box office, online at universe.com or at the pop-up ticket office in the Laurel’s Pub, Market Cross from 12 pm to 4 pm between February 29 and March 2.

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