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Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) allow us to offer courses for free, or at a reduced cost, to fill the skills shortages in industries.

Deirdre studied data analytics through Springboard at NCI.

About Springboard+

At National College of Ireland we have the opportunity to offer a number of free courses through the Springboard+ initiative and Human Capital Initiative (HCI). These initiatives address skills shortages in the workforce and so are funded by the government to improve Ireland's ability to fill job vacancies.

See what our Springboard+ graduates say about our courses...

Who can apply to Springboard

For the first time everyone can apply for a Springboard+ or HCI course regardless of your employment status. The courses remain free of charge for people who are currently unemployed. For applicants in employment there will be a fee of 10% of the contribution to the normal course fee. Visit the Springboard+ website for more information on eligibility criteria.

Springboard+ Courses

Applications for NCI's Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) courses starting in September 2021 are now open. Click the links below to visit the Springboard+ website where you can find full programme details and start your application.

Course Delivery Method

The delivery method of these courses will be either blended online or classroom delivery, see the definitions of these delivery methods below:

  • Blended Online: All classes are delivered online and will continue in that mode for the remainder of the academic year 2021/22. Delivery online in academic year 2022/23 where applicable, is subject to QQI approval.
  • Classroom Delivery: There will be a mixture of online and on-campus delivery. The college will transition back to classes on campus in accordance with Government guidelines. Students should be prepared for a return to campus and also note in some instances, some elements of online learning may remain in place as required.

Data Analytics


Software Development

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning


Web Development


Cloud Computing



How to Apply

Springboard+ and HCI course applications for the courses listed above are processed on the Springboard+ website

To get started, register your details on the website then click the Apply Now button on your chosen course page. Enter your details in all of the required fields and when complete, click the apply button. You will be able to login at any stage to check the status of your application. Further details are available on the How to Apply section on the Springboard+ website.

Download Brochure

Detailed course information, the career bridge module details and student testimonials can be found in our brochure. 

Download our brochure here.

Get in Contact

If you would like to get some more information about Springboard+ courses or HCI courses, please complete the form below and we will contact you.

Data Protection Notice

Please note that by submitting this contact form to National College of Ireland (“NCI”), you will be required to provide certain personal data to NCI as part of your registration. For further information on how NCI uses your personal data and in relation to your data protection rights and how to contact the NCI data protection officer, please refer to the NCI Data Protection Statement.