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Springboard Courses

Places are limited – apply now!

The Springboard+ initiative gives an opportunity to job seekers to access relevant courses in CIT free of charge, while maintaining their benefits. Places are also available for some courses for those eligible in employment who are looking to upskill or homemakers not in receipt of a DSP payment. 


Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is delighted to offer free courses under the Springboard+ Initiative for job seekers. Courses available include Cloud Computing, Data Science and Analytics, as well as courses in Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing, ICT Project Management, Process Engineering Developments, Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices and Biotechnological Manufacturing operations.


These courses are designed and developed in close collaboration with industry partners, provide a dynamic pipeline of job-ready graduates, with up-to-the-minute skills, and valuable qualifications, for sectors of the Irish economy that are expanding and recruiting.


Since 2011, the Exchequer investment of €113 million has allowed 30,000 jobseekers to partake in Springboard courses. CIT has an excellent record of success under the Springboard Initiative with very positive outcomes for its students.



From 2017 applications will be accepted from people in employment

  • who wish to take a course in the manufacturing sector (e.g. Bio-pharma or medical devices technology) or
  • who wish to take an ICT Conversion course or
  • who already hold a Level 7 (Ordinary Degree) IT qualification who wish to upskill to a Level 8 IT qualification

Courses offered as part of Springboard+ 2017 are open to homemakers. Homemakers must have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.



Details on available courses, eligibility and the application process are available at



Am I Eligible? View CIT Courses >>


See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on for more information on eligibility.






General advice is also available from a range of sources, including:

For more information contact CIT by E: or T: 021 433 5040.




All of the courses have a minimum entry requirement. Please note that CIT offers a Recognition of Prior Learning system, details of which can be found here.


In CIT RPL can be used to gain:

  • an exemption or mark for a module or for a number of modules;
  • entry to a course in first year where an applicant may not meet the standard entry requirements;
  • advanced entry to a course at a stage other than first year.

There are two main categories within RPL

  1. the recognition of learning which has already had formal certification within the higher education system in Ireland or abroad, often referred to as formal learning.
  2. the recognition of learning which has been gained through experiences in the workplace, in voluntary work or elsewhere, usually referred to as experiential learning.