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Skills Connect offers free healthcare training for jobseekers which will help you develop and hone the skills that employers are looking for today.

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Skills Connect Certificate in Healthcare Support

The Skills Connect Certificate in Healthcare Support is a fully funded education programme that leads to a QQI Level 5 Major Award. This is the standard qualification for Healthcare Assistants in Ireland.

We offer FREE places to those seeking employment, helping to improve their job prospects through relevant training. If you are eligible, you may enroll without affecting your social welfare payments or benefits.

Since 2018, we trained 912 jobseekers as Healthcare Assistants, providing them with a clear path to a new career.

This free healthcare training programme starts multiple times throughout the year.

For more information on the Skills Connect Certificate in Healthcare Support, click on the button.


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Skills Connect Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply for free Healthcare training?

Eligible Unemployed Individuals

Ineligible Unemployed Individuals

If you are in receipt of one of the following social welfare payments, you are eligible:

If you are not in receipt of a welfare payment but your circumstances match the following, you are eligible:

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

  • Jobseekers Allowance (JA)
  • Jobseekers Benefit (JB)
  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance
  • Jobseeker’s Credits only
  • Blind Pension
  • Disability Allowance
  • Farm/Fish Assist
  • Illness Benefit
  • Invalidity Pension
  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Rural Social Scheme
  • Supplementary Welfare Allowance
  • Adult dependants (of listed schemes)
  • Former sole traders and business owners
  • Recent graduates who are unemployed
  • Homemakers
  • Retirees seeking to return to the workplace
  • 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 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

Please note that the criteria are subject to change.

The most up-to-date information can be found on the Skillnet Ireland website (click here to open in a new tab).

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Other Skill Connect Programmes

Skills Connect: Reskilling Through Enterprise

Several other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Skills Connect Programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For information on other Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, visit the Skillnet Ireland website.