President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick, has welcomed a statement made this week to provide 17,000 new Springboard+ places for people seeking to upskill or reskill, including on 30 free Springboard+ courses in TU Dublin.
Earlier this week, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan announced that 13,000 places would commence in 2020, with the additional 4,000 places coming on stream over the remaining two years.
Speaking about the announcement Professor David FitzPatrick said, “TU Dublin is committed to providing flexible, lifelong learning opportunities at every level and Springboard+ will allow us to provide over 1,400 places from Higher Certificate to Postgraduate in a wide range of disciplines, including Pharmaceutical Technology, Machine Learning & AI, Digital Construction & Engineering Analytics and Medical Device Innovation. The knowledge and skills students will acquire on these programmes will respond to challenges presented by COVID19 and will make a significant contribution to the re-invigoration of the Irish economy.”
Minister McHugh said: “Springboard+ training programmes provide people who are unemployed, those looking to return to the workforce and those in employment with a great opportunity to upskill or reskill in areas in which employers need skilled workers. I am particularly pleased that we are able to provide additional places this year to enable an enhanced response to skills needs arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Minister Mitchell O’Connor said: “The higher education sector has responded swiftly and effectively to the challenges that have arisen over recent months. The courses we are launching today will form a further response to the impacts of the global pandemic, providing upskilling and reskilling places for those who have been most affected.”
Minister Halligan said: “I am pleased to see that over 90 per cent of the courses provided under Springboard+ 2020 will be delivered in a more flexible format. This will enable upskilling and reskilling, even in circumstances where social distancing measures continue to be in place.”
Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020.
Read more about Springboard+ 2020 announcement here.