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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

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 January 2022 are now open. Click the links below to visit the Springboard+ website where you can find full programme details and start your application.

Data Analytics


Software Development

Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

Web Development



Online Events

We are hosting a number of online events before these courses begin to help you get all the information you need.

If you are unsure about which programme you would like to join in January, register for an Online Open Evening where you can chat directly to a lecturer who can give you more information about our courses and help guide your decision. However, if you know which Springboard+ course you want to do, register for the relevant taster class to find out what to expect and ask questions during the Q&A part of the session.

Online Sample Classes

Data Analytics sample classes:

Online Brochure

Download our Springboard+ brochure to read the course information and requirements for January 2022. 

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.

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.