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.

HCI Pillar 1 offers full-time conversion programmes to candidates (who hold a level 8 qualification or equivalent) to upskill for future job prosperity in areas such as; ICT, Engineering, Data Analytics and Technology.

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.

Please monitor www.hea.ie for an announcement as to which ATU Galway City courses are funded under Springboard 2022 and when the www.springboardcourses.ie website will be open for applications.


Springboard+ and HCI FAQs (PDF, 270.60KB)
Springboard+ 2022/23

We are currently in the process of applying for Springboard+ funding. Please see the below programmes that may be funded under this initiative and please monitor the HEA website www.hea.ie for an announcement of when applications are open in 2022.  The outcome of this funding call should be known May 2022.

Starting dates for approved courses will be either September 2022 or January 2023.

How to Apply

All applications must be made through the website www.springboardcourses.ie

ATU Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 Courses

Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 Course 


Business Analytics (Higher Diploma)


Advanced Analytical Chemistry (Higher Diploma)


Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science (Postgraduate Diploma)


Circular Economy for a Sustainable Built Environment (Postgraduate Diploma)


Cybersecurity Risk & Compliance (Higher Diploma)


Building Information Management (BIM) and Digital Construction (Postgraduate Diploma)



Further Information

Springboard+, which is managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills, began in 2011 as part of the Government’s Jobs Initiative. It complements the core State-funded education and training system and provides free upskilling and reskilling higher education opportunities in areas of identified skills need.

For further details, click on the web links above or email us at Springboard@gmit.ie