GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS & SCHEMES
If you need specific training that is unavailable from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) or other state providers (Solas, ETBs, Teagasc, etc.), you may be eligible for funding support.
This grant from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) of up to €1,000 is designed to fund quick access to short-term training or related interventions, obtaining or renewing certification and permits for individual jobseekers that have identified work opportunities or where case officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer.
Funding can be provided for accredited/Irish industry accredited programmes. Accreditation can be up to and including FETAC level 6 (or equivalent awards within the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and the provider is approved by the NQAI/FETAC).
The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance (STEA) gives support to people who have lost their job and want to start their own business. To qualify you must be getting Jobseeker’s Benefit. The Short-Term Enterprise Allowance is paid instead of your Jobseeker’s Benefit for a maximum of 9 months. This allowance also provides some funding for education and business set up under the Enterprise Support Grant (ESG). Up to €250 can be received for training and more funding for business start-up costs are available.
The BtWEA is very similar to the Short-Term Enterprise Allowance though slightly different qualifying conditions. This allowance also allows for funding through the Enterprise Support Grant.