Springboard – Higher Education Authority
Springboard provides an opportunity to contribute in a very targeted way to the national recovery project. The Higher Education Authority, is managing Springboard on behalf of the Department of Education and is a hugely important initiative within higher education. I was asked to cover the event photography.
Springboard provides free higher education opportunities to a proportion of the hundreds of thousands of people in Ireland who lost their jobs in recent years as a result of the economic crash. These industries will not recover in any significant way therefore Springboard provides people with the opportunity to reskill and get back to work, thus contributing to building Ireland’s future.
Springboard courses are all in areas there is a proven shortage of skills currently, and in the coming years. Each course aims to cross-skill or upskill participants to restart their careers, and to provide a dynamic pipeline of graduates for enterprise sectors that are growing and expanding.
Springboard has been running since 2011, with over 10,000 people enrolled in courses to date and 40% of those are back in work six months after their course.