Free Healthcare Training


Information for Jobseekers

LHP Skillnet know that a great deal can be done to support the private healthcare sector, other than by training those already employed. This is why we offer a fully funded Healthcare Support Course (QQI Level 5, Major Award) for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme.

We offer a number of FREE places to those who are unemployed, in receipt of a social welfare payment, and seeking to increase their employment prospects through relevant training. If you are eligible, you can enroll on our Healthcare Support Course without impacting on your social welfare payments or benefits (for those who are in receipt of such payments).

From 2018 to 2019, we supported 282 jobseekers to complete the Healthcare Support Course. In 2020, we have trained 232 jobseekers to participate in the workforce as Healthcare  Assistants. Our Skills Connect programme (SC) is hugely successful and provides participants with a real pathway to a new career.

The programme is scheduled three times a year. Applications will open again in March 2021. The new intake will begin in May 2021.

For further details on the substance of the Healthcare Support Course (QQI Level 5, Major Award), please click here.

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

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.
Jobseekers Allowance (JA)

Jobseekers Benefit (JB)

Disability Allowance

Illness Benefit

One Parent Family Payment

Blind Pension,

Adult Dependants,

Farm Assist

Invalidity Pension, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Back-to-Work Allowance, Back-to-Work Enterprise Allowance, Short-term Enterprise Allowance

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

Individuals who have applied for asylum and have their Letter to Access the Labour Market (the INIS Work Permit)


Ineligible Unemployed Individuals

Skillnet Ireland, under its current mandate, does not provide training to unemployed people who currently participate on Jobs Initiative (JI) Schemes, Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 1, Stamp 2 or Stamp 3, or full-time students engaged in second or third-level education.

Several other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation 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, click here for the Skillnet Ireland website.