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Funded Programmes - Government Stimulus Package

Free and Subsidised Higher Education Places

This Government initiative (July stimulus) provides funded college places for students to undertake fulltime, part time of modular programmes.These upskilling measures are aimed at helping people return to the workplace or education and form a further response to the impacts of the global pandemic, providing up skilling and reskilling for those who have been most affected and ensuring that they will have the skills most needed by employers today.  These courses also focus on future proofing the skills of those in employment particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation

180 places will be offered in UL through the Postgraduate Skills Package and these are in the areas of Science, Health,  Engineering,  AI and Machine Learning,  Aviation,  Innovation and Quality Management.

Under the modular skills package we have 910 place allocations  in UL on short focused programmes that are offered in a flexible manner allowing people to gain important skills without taking time away from the labour market. Each module is stand alone to enable participants to gain skills to put  into practice immediately in the workplace but are acredited to provide building blocks to a full qualification in areas such as Business, Science and Engineering and Health.

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Programmes are free or partially funded for candidates who satisfy eligibility criteria.

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  • Unemployed and PUP Recipients
  • Returners
  • The Employed
  • Formerly Self-employed
  • Recent graduates


  • Upskill or reskill in new sectors with attractive and secure job opportunities
  • Increase earnings;
  • Broadenlong-term career options
  • Take on a new and dynamic profession
  • Be part of emerging technology sectors
Application Deadline for Modular Skills Courses   February 10th - 23rd 2021
Start Date February  18th - 26th  2021


 Modular Skills Programmes  

Full time programmes

Part time programmes


Learners can only be registered on one publicly funded higher education course (either Springboard+ or HCI Pillar 1 or July Stimulus Postgraduate or Modular courses)

Learners are not permitted to be registered on two courses in the one academic year.  

Modular courses applicants can apply for up to 3 modular courses not exceeding 30 credits in total