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01-08-2020, 08:46   #541
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What is the difference between a "Springboard" Course and a "Fetch" Course?
Are they aimed at different
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The only difference i see are the stock photos on the Fetch home page are of older more mature looking people and the site itself is very business like, whereas springboard is all colorful fun colors and bright so im guessing fetch is for older people plus 30 that never went to college or career change and springboard for people under 30 ?

https://springboardcourses.ie/
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Springboard are courses run by Universities/ITs to a much higher level then fetch. The purpose is to upskill people in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. It is not for under 30's, it is for people of all ages. Based on my own experience, the majority would be 35-45. This will be extended by HCI Pillar 1 where full 1 year courses will be available enabling people to meet entry requirements where they did not have them before for 3rd level courses e.g. someone lacking maths for an Engineering Masters.

Springboard and HCI Pillar 1 are very much about career change.

Fetch is not run by Universities. They would not deliver material to as high a standard as Universities. Where Universities are level 7-9, I suspect Fetch is 3-5. They have apprenticeships, traineeships and more basic and fundamental courses compared to Springboard.

I would suspect the students to be older in Fetch.
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Springboard query

Hey guys! Sorry this might be a long explanation!

I applied for a Springboard course in NUIG on the 22nd of July. Yesterday, 31st July, I got an email from Springboard offering me a place on the course which I was delighted about; went onto my Springboard account and the status of the application had changed to Successful with an Acceptance Deadline of 14th August. Hours later I went back onto my account to double-check the date for the acceptance deadline and my status has now changed from Successful to Draft? Does anyone have an idea of what I should do at this point? Going into the bank holiday weekend I'm not sure if there's anything to do other than wait to see if there's any clarification next week. Part of me is thinking the email sent offering me a place was a mistake which would be so disappointing.
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01-08-2020, 12:04   #543
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What is the difference between a "Springboard" Course and a "Fetch" Course?
Are they aimed at different
Employment sectors?
Ages?
Past education History?
The only difference i see are the stock photos on the Fetch home page are of older more mature looking people and the site itself is very business like, whereas springboard is all colorful fun colors and bright so im guessing fetch is for older people plus 30 that never went to college or career change and springboard for people under 30 ?

https://springboardcourses.ie/
https://www.fetchcourses.ie/
Fetch courses just looks like a centralised hub for Solas (FÁS), FET colleges and ETBs. Essentially doing what Nightcourses does.

"Fetchcourses.ie was developed by SOLAS, the Further Education & Training Authority, in partnership with Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and other Further Education and Training providers"

Springboard on the other hand is a scheme provided by various educational institutions both public and private to increase learning and upskilling in areas deemed to be of direct value to the economy and Irish jobs market.

Age has nothing to do with either of them as a selection criterion. Well, ignoring that you have to be over 16 to enter FET, which I assume we all are if looking at this. They're both there to help people upskill or even just re-enter education but at potentially different levels/points of entry.
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Fetch courses just looks like a centralised hub for Solas (FÁS), FET colleges and ETBs. Essentially doing what Nightcourses does.

"Fetchcourses.ie was developed by SOLAS, the Further Education & Training Authority, in partnership with Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and other Further Education and Training providers"

Springboard on the other hand is a scheme provided by various educational institutions both public and private to increase learning and upskilling in areas deemed to be of direct value to the economy and Irish jobs market.

Age has nothing to do with either of them as a selection criterion. Well, ignoring that you have to be over 16 to enter FET, which I assume we all are if looking at this. They're both there to help people upskill or even just re-enter education but at potentially different levels/points of entry.
Thanks Bren and Bonnie that is very interesting thank you for clearing that up. The amount of different platforms for someone like me can be confusing. I was wondering why the likes of social studies has been totally ignored by springboard there is Zero on their site for any sort of social studies at all. I guess there is no real intrinsic value in paying for social studies courses. thanks again
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Was told i would get an offer for my course in Athlone IT on last week, but no sign of it so far.
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Has anyone gotten offers from NCI yet? Finding them maddeningly slow even after trying to contact them directly.
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Got an offer this evening from NUIG, the course deadline was 31st July fyi
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Got an offer this evening from NUIG, the course deadline was 31st July fyi
Which course was that if you don't mind? Haven't heard back from them yet, applied for the software engineering one.
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Has anyone gotten offers from NCI yet? Finding them maddeningly slow even after trying to contact them directly.
No. They are the worst college I have ever dealt with ever, from an administrative POV. And I've been to DIT (twice) and BCFE in my time.

Constantly asking for the same documentation over and over again. It's been a nightmare.

I have a place confirmed in CCT and Maynooth for Hdip in Data Analytics. But was holding out for NCI given their blended option suited me better, but I dread to think what they're like from a "learning" pov given they can't open document batches properly.

My mate did the same course the last 2 years PT and had awful hassle with inept course management. I think I'm gonna pass and accept one of the other 2 tbh. Life's too short and college is hard enough with the added stress of that.

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Which course was that if you don't mind? Haven't heard back from them yet, applied for the software engineering one.
Lean and Quality Systems specialist diploma
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I got accepted to the Certificate in Computer Programming in DCU on Friday evening
Applied for this too as my first choice and didn't hear anything until yesterday looking for more info. Hopefully that's a good sign, thought since they offered it to others two weeks ago I didn't get it.
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Anybody hear word back from Innopharma on offers of their courses?
Havn’t heard yet and closing dates of another course (not my first choice) that i have been sucessful is this week
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Eligibility Criteria

I am living in Scotland and being made redundany from September 25th.
I want to start a course on my return, at the moment I can't apply as unemplyoed.

I am trying to find the full Critera, to apply as employed.

From what I can find you need to be resident for 3 of 5 years in EU/UK etc.
Living in Ireland on the date the course starts.

I am looking for the full terms relevant for me as I am getting told I'm not eligble, anybody got the full list so I can check and argue my case?
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Honestly, apply to whatever course you think and worry about the technicalities later on. The eligibility criteria can be sticky but there's ways and means about it and the college's are very helpful.

The quicker the better as places are filling up.

Best of luck with it.
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Which course was that if you don't mind? Haven't heard back from them yet, applied for the software engineering one.
I havent heard anything either. My course closed on the 25th July. I sent an email today but no response. Id imagine a lot on holidays and working from home.
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