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Springboard+/HCI Funded Courses

Welcome to our Springboard+/HCI hub

Each year, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) approves courses for Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 funding. These initiatives provide free and heavily subsidized courses to meet industry-skills demands in key growth areas in the domestic economy. 
Majority of the available courses are flexible and part-time and have been specifically tailored to suit the personal and professional commitments of learners. 
Those interested in studying a Springboard+ or HCI approved course must apply directly through the Springboard website and must meet eligibility criteria. For further information, visit
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland, via the National Training Fund and the European Union. 
Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 is funded by the National Training Fund.

Springboard+ Approved courses will open for applications this Summer 2024 - Coming Soon!


Springboard+ Quick Guide 2024/25

Free and 90% Funded Courses

For employed candidates completing an approved Level 7, Level 8 or Level 9 course, you pay only 10% of the tuition fee, with 90% of the fee funded by Springboard+ or HCI. 
For Unemployed candidates completing an approved Level 7, Level 8 or Level 9, the course tuition fee is free, with 100% of the fee funded by Springboard+ or HCI.
Level 6 courses are free under these initiatives.

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.

Springboard+ applicants must meet all of the Springboard+ eligibility requirements relevant to the category of application.  Further information on applicant categories and the relevant eligibility criteria can be found at

Register your interest

Register your Interest in a Springboard+ Course

Contact Us

At ATU we have Springboard Co-ordinators who are available to help you with your application should you have any questions.

Peter Butler

Peter Butler - ATU Galway-Mayo
Catherine O Reilly

Catherine O'Reilly - ATU Sligo
Steven O Donnell

Steven O'Donnell - ATU Donegal
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