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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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Insurance for building contractors

What kind of insurance does a building contractor need? Commercial vehicles and machinery First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial […]

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What kind of insurance does a building contractor need?

Commercial vehicles and machinery

First and foremost, if a building contractor has commercial vehicles then road risk cover is a requirement by law. As with all other motor insurance products, the cover options would be comprehensive, third party fire and theft, or third party only. Commercial fleet polices can cover many vehicles under one policy.
The value of the vehicle is important to review each year, as are the drivers.
Commercial vehicle policies usually give “open driving 25 to 70-years-old” but sometimes naming the drivers who will use the vehicle is a better option and can save you money.
You may need road risk and associated covers for driving plant and machinery such as teleporters, tractors and the like.

Employers, Public and Products Liability Insurance

Employers Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries to an employee in the course of their employment. Employee numbers and annual wages will need to be disclosed accurately and annually.
Public Liability Insurance covers your legal liability in the event that you are negligent and required to pay compensation for bodily injuries or damage to third party property in the course of your business activities.
Your annual turnover will need to be disclosed and reviewed annually. Many main contractors and State bodies may require the tradesperson to have a minimum of €6.5 million limit of indemnity.
Products Liability Insurance covers your legal liability for injuries and property damage in connection with goods sold or supplied.

Other covers needed may include “Tools in Transit” cover which can be arranged in conjunction with your commercial vehicle policy and “Engineering Inspection Cover” may be required on plant and machinery. A “Contract Works Policy” protects the building works in progress against fire. Some insurers can include “Personal Accident” cover on a combined liability policy.

You should seek out the expert advice of a professional insurance broker to review your insurance needs. At Healy Insurances, we can review your business requirements, offer expert advice and save you money on your premiums.

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Yellow rainfall warning issued for Kerry

A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning. Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving […]

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A status Yellow rainfall warning has been issued for the county from 12noon today (Monday) until the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Thunderstorms and heavy showers will develop today over the western half of the country, moving eastwards this evening where they will continue tonight. Localised downpours will lead to spot flooding and hazardous driving conditions.

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