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Springboard Courses

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Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) is delighted to offer Springboard funded* courses under the Springboard+ Initiative. Courses available include Cloud Computing, Data Science and Analytics, as well as courses in Automation & Control, Biopharmaceutical Supply Chain Management, Cleanroom Manufacturing Practices, Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations, Validation Science, Information Design & Development and Capital Markets.


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.


Springboard+ provides free higher education courses in areas of identified skills needs to unemployed people, those previously self-employed and those returning to work. Courses will also be free for employed people on NFQ Level 6 courses. For employed participants on courses NFQ level 7 – 9, 90% of the course fee will be funded by the Government, with participants required to contribute just 10% of the fee.


Now in its eighth year, over €161m has been allocated to Springboard+ providing for over 47,000 free higher education places, primarily to jobseekers in need of upskilling or reskilling to allow them to re-enter the labour market.




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



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



CIT Springboard Courses:





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.