Please read the eligibility criteria below to determine if you are eligible to participate in our training for people who are seeking employment.
Eligible Individuals who are Welfare Payment Recipients
Unemployed people with an entitlement to a Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or Jobseekers Benefit (JB) payment from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department.
People in receipt of other forms of income support from DEASP may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department. Other forms of income support include:
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
People in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) may participate in training delivered through Skillnet Ireland’s Skills Connect scheme and Employment Activation Programme (EAP). As most training available through these initiatives is of short duration or part-time, recipients may continue to receive the PUP. However, once recipients identify the specific training programme that they wish to undertake, they must check their eligibility to retain the PUP with their Intreo office.
Eligible Individuals who are not Welfare Payment Recipients
Individuals who are not in receipt of a welfare payment from DEASP and whose circumstances are described below are eligible to participate.
Programme Duration Conditions for Welfare Recipients
Programmes offered by Skillnet Ireland networks may be full or part-time and may be continuous or staggered over time. Programmes may incorporate a work placement, the duration of which is included in the overall course duration.
Programmes of 20 or less days’ duration
Programmes of 20 or less days’ duration may be pursued without prior approval from Intreo Offices/DEASP Scheme Areas. Individuals in receipt of a Job-seekers payment or other payment (listed above) should inform their local offices, wherever possible in advance, of their intention to participate in such short programmes.
Programmes Exceeding 20 days’ Duration
Individuals in receipt of a Job-seekers payment or other payment (listed above) must receive prior approval from INTREO Offices/DEASP Scheme Areas to participate on programmes delivered by training networks which exceeds 20 days in duration. For example, Disability Allowance recipients should contact the Disability Allowance Section within DEASP.
Ineligible Unemployed Individuals
Skillnet Ireland, under its current mandate, does not provide training to unemployed people who fall into any of the following categories:
Important Additional Information for Unemployed Individuals
Please note that:
Further details of Skills Connect can be found on the Skillnet Ireland website.