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The Springboard+ upskilling initiative in higher education offers free and funded courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

Whether you are seeking to change career, wanting to upskill or need to retrain, ATU’s expert lecturers, support staff and innovative online course delivery, will ensure you succeed.

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Register your Interest in a Springboard+ Course

How to Apply

All applications must be made through the Springboard website

Fees & Funding

All applicants hoping to avail of Springboard funding must apply through the Springboard website. Unemployed participants continue to receive 100% funding while those in employment will receive 100% funding for programmes at level 6 and 90% funding for programmes from level 7 to level 9.

Am I eligible?

Springboard+ applicants must meet all residency and nationality/visa requirements, including the applicant has been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.

  • Returners – Those who have a previous history of employment but may require upskilling, reskilling or cross-skilling to transition back to the workforce.
  • People in Employment – A 10% course fee contribution for Level 7, 8, and 9 courses is applicable for employed participants. This is payable directly to the provider.
  • The Unemployed or formerly Self Employed – May apply to all courses with the exception of the two-year part-time ICT conversion courses. Unemployed applicants will also be required to meet additional criteria.

Further details are available:

If you have further questions, please contact the relevant campus below. 

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