Job Seeker benefits

Skillnet Ireland are a national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland. We believe that maintaining a highly skilled workforce is essential to our national competitiveness. In support of this, we also fund upskilling courses for unemployed trainees nationwide – designed in partnership with enterprise – to help jobseekers acquire skills that are in demand from enterprise within the relevant sector or region. 29 Skillnet Ireland Learning Networks have been funded to deliver re-skilling and up-skilling programmes in 2018, designed exclusively for people seeking employment in 2018. This training is free and is open to most unemployed people, subject to eligibility criteria (Please read the eligibility criteria below).

Irish Medtech Skillnet primarily focusses on supporting those in employment with the medtech and engineering sector. Whilst our key focus is on the needs of member companies, we also offer a small number of fully-funded programmes for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme. We offer a limited number of FREE places to those who are unemployed and seeking to increase their employment prospects through up-skilling in relevant training. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to attend training with Irish Medtech Skillnet with no charge or impact on your social welfare payments or benefits (for those who are in receipt of such payments).

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Individuals who are Welfare Payment Recipients:
Unemployed people with an entitlement to a Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or Jobseekers Benefit (JB) payment from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department.

People in receipt of other forms of income support from DEASP may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department. Other forms of income support include:
•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
•Rural Social Scheme

Eligible Individuals who are not Welfare Payment Recipients:
Individuals who are not in receipt of a welfare payment from DEASP and whose circumstances are described below are eligible to participate.
•Former sole traders and business owners
•Recent graduates who are unemployed
•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

The network operates a "first come, first served" basis for all course bookings in relation to jobseeker places. If the course is full you will be added to the waiting list. Preference will be given to candidates most eligible for the programme.

FOR ALL eligibility criteria to determine if you are eligible to participate in Skillnet Ireland training for people who are seeking employment; please click this link: Eligibility Criteria