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

Leading Healthcare Providers Skillnet receives 100% funding to support job-seekers wishing to enter the healthcare sector.  In 2016 we supported 244 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