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Welcome to Springboard+

Welcome to Springboard+, the online system for submitting Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion course proposals in 2018. The system has been developed to make it easier for prospective providers to submit and manage their course proposals. Springboard+ features a fully online, paperless approach to the submission of course proposals.

Springboard+ is a fully secure system, hosted by HEANet.

The Call for Proposals documentation is available through this website (see Call Documents, in the menu, top right) and has also been published on www.hea.ie

To submit a course proposal you are required to register on this web system. As part of registration you will be asked to input information on your college, and contact details. Please note that user registration for the 2017 proposal submission systems do not carry through for 2018 and such users are required to register again.

The deadline for submission of course proposals for both Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion is 13.00hrs, Friday 9th of March 2018. The online application system will not accept proposals submitted after this deadline

In advance of preparing proposals for submission we ask that you familiarise yourself with the following Call requirements.

Click here to read the Call requirements for Springboard+ and to register.

Springboard+ Call requirements

Springboard+ will support part-time courses of twelve months or less in duration which are provided by public, private and not-for profit higher education providers. Consideration will also be given to intensive, accelerated courses of 12 months or less in duration in all skills areas. ICT skills conversion courses will be supported via Springboard+; provision of such courses remains a priority as part of Government policy and to meet targets set in the national ICT skills action plan.

Eligible courses must either:

  1. (a) Lead to a higher education and training award that is included in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) at Levels 6 to 9, which is made by one of the following Irish awarding bodies:
    • Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
    • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), including combinations of modules from already validated programmes leading to a major award. (Important: Combinations should be submitted to QQI for approval prior to or at the same time as submission to Springboard to ensure adequate time for validation – see note in box below)
    • Institutes of Technology with delegated authority to make awards
    • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
    • Universities


  2. (b) Lead to a higher education and training award that is aligned with the Irish National Framework of Qualifications at Levels 6-9. These awards must be aligned with the Irish NFQ as at 01 January 2018.

Collaborative proposals from two or more providers will be considered for funding, including those who form part of the new regional clusters in higher education. A lead provider must, however, be clearly identified as part of the proposal and the proposal must adhere to all requirements regarding quality assurance and the making of awards. Proposals are encouraged from providers with enterprise partners who have been involved in the design and delivery of courses, including through the provision of work placements/internships.

To ensure that Springboard meets the needs of unemployed people with a range of previous education qualifications, providers are encouraged to propose courses which have been designed for participants with no previous higher education experience.

As part of course proposals, providers will be required to set out the teaching, learning and assessment methodologies that will be used to meet learner needs, including flexible approaches; practical application of learning; and study skills/return to learning components. Academic and pastoral supports should also be referenced, including details of job readiness training and, where relevant, work placement/internship supports. Regarding entry and achievement of an award, it is expected that proactive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be used by course providers, and details of each provider’s policy in this area will be required as part of course proposals. Arrangements to promote and raise awareness of Springboard+ course opportunities will also be required, and will be assessed as part of proposals.

Requirements under the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-20.

The Springboard and ICT Skills Conversion Programmes are co-funded by the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-20. Participation in ESF co-funded programmes implies compliance with EU reporting/publicity requirements. Successful participating providers will be advised of their full financial management and publicity obligations on approval. Further information is available on www.esf.ie

Important note for courses requiring validation by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

  1. Courses previously validated by QQI for Springboard in previous years may also require validation for 2018
  2. Proposed course combinations must be submitted to QQI for validation in advance of submissions to Springboard to ensure adequate time is allowed for the QQI validation process to be completed as this can take up to 25 weeks
  3. Programmes also validated under collaborative arrangements with other organisations must also be submitted to QQI for validation
  4. for Enrolled Learners (PEL), if required, must be approved as part of the course validation process.

Course proposals must be made using the online course proposals template.

Important information accompanying the template include the background information on the Call and the Additional information on ICT skills conversion courses.

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