Job Seekers – FREE places on our QQI level 5 Healthcare Support Major Award


Please note all the courses for jobseekers in 2018 are fully booked.

Enrollment list for courses that will start in early 2019 will be opened in December 2018.


Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet receives 100% funding to support job-seekers wishing to enter the healthcare sector.  In 2017 we supported 184 job seekers in completing the Healthcare Support QQI level 5 Major award.  Our Employment Activation Programme (EAP) (formally job seeker support programme (JSSP)) is hugely successful and provides participants with a real pathway to a new career.

In order to be considered for a place on this course you must meet our eligibility criteria (see eligible Unemployed Individuals and Eligible individuals who are not welfare payment recipients) PLUS ONE of the following

  • You have been unemployed for more than 12 months OR
  • You are at Level 5 or less on the National Framework of Qualifications OR
  • You are under the age of 35 OR
  • You were formerly employed in the construction, manufacturing and retail sectors

Eligible Unemployed Individuals

  • Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or Jobseekers Benefit (JB)
  • Disability Allowance
  • Blind Pension
  • Invalidity Pension
  • Illness Benefit
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Adult Dependants
  • One Parent Family Payment
  • Back-to-Work Allowance
  • Back-to-Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Short-term Enterprise Allowance
  • Farm Assist

Eligible Individuals who are not Welfare Payment Recipients

Individuals who are not in receipt of a welfare payment from DSP and whose circumstances are described below, are eligible to participate in Skillnets’ training  programmes, regardless of the course duration.

  • Former sole traders and business owners
  • Recent graduates who are unemployed
  • Individuals who fail to qualify for social welfare payments because of a spouse’s income
  • Individuals signing on for credits but in receipt of no social welfare payment
  • Individuals who have recently accepted redundancy payments
  • Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 4
  • Current participants on Community Employment (CE) Schemes

Ineligible Unemployed Individuals

Skillnets, under its current mandate, does not provide training to unemployed people who fall into any of the following categories:

  • Current participants on Jobs Initiative (JI) Schemes
  • Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 1, Stamp 2 or Stamp 3
  • Full-time students engaged in second or third-level education