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  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old and be unemployed*.
  • Applicants must be Irish or EU/EEA nationals and must be resident in the Republic of Ireland.

*Eligible Individuals who are NOT in receipt of a Social Protection Payment

  • Former sole traders and business owners
  • Recent graduates who are unemployed
  • Homemakers
  • Retirees seeking to return to the workplace
  • People who don’t qualify for social protection payments because of a spouse’s income
  • Individuals signing on for credits but not in receipt of a social welfare payment
  • Individuals who have recently accepted redundancy payments


* Eligible Individuals with an entitlement to the following payments from the DEASP may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department.  Please note it is up to each individual to check with their local office as to their eligibility to take part in this programme.

  • Jobseekers Allowance (JA)
  • Jobseeker Benefit (JB)
  • Disability Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Illness Benefit
  • Jobseeker’s Credits only
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Adult Dependents
  • Farm/Fish Assist
  • Rural Social Scheme

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