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Springboard Courses FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

  • Springboard Courses

1. What is Springboard?

Springboard is an Irish Government-funded initiative to help transition people into different industries. Basically, Springboard will pay your course fees.

2. What does GetReskilled do?

We provide conversion courses that help people leverage their qualifications and work experience to move into a career in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing.

3. Who is eligible?

Eligible people include those receiving JobSeekers Allowance, JobSeekers Benefit, One – Parent Family, Disability Allowance or are signing for credits. The full list of those eligible is available on the Springboard Website. The list is here:

4. How much does it cost?

The course is FREE if you are receiving one of the social welfare payments listed above.
If you are not, it would depend on how many courses you would need to transition into a role in pharma. Contact for details.

5. How long does it take?

Transition time across into the industry would be somewhere between 6 months and 9 months.
The course takes about 15 hours a week study time.

6. Where do I take the courses?

All of the courses are delivered online so there are no long commutes, traffic jams or crowded buses to deal with on the way to class. Study at home after the kids have gone to bed.

7. How do online courses work?

Each week, you’ll complete a series of videos, quizzes, interactive activities and projects through our online platform – available 24/7.

8. Where are you located?

Our offices are based in Mahon in Cork but the course is online so you are able to complete it at home.

9. What is the application process?

The first step is to email your CV to my colleague Sinead. Once you have done this, she can pass you an application link and you will be able to apply directly on the Springboard website. Her email address is

10. What kind of people have taken this course?

We’ve had people from Production, Manufacturing, Engineering/Maintenance, Construction, Project Management, Architecture and Design, Food Production, Aircraft Maintenance, Quality, Science and IT and other roles take this course and successfully make the transition to a new role in pharma.

11. What’s the age profile of people taking these courses?

The majority of the people are in their 30’s and 40’s.

12.What academic level is it at?

This is a level 7 Certificate Programme and is academically accredited by the Dublin Institute of Technology and is the first of 3 steps in securing your Bachelor’s of Science. Because it is a Level 7 Certificate, you will meet the academic criteria for future employers.

13. How much will I earn?

It depends on the company and the job you would be doing but an example of a Quality Assurance Personnel, who is in an entry-level position is around 25,000 euro. This would grow quite quickly so within five years the salary could be around 38,000 euro.
Click here to see our Job Description and Salary Guide

14. Do you do job placements or internships?

We don’t do placements or internships.

15. How do you help me find a job?

Throughout the course, you will receive career coaching which will go through everything from CVs to interviews to networking to where to start looking for a job.

Also, we’ll email you a link to the Irish Pharma Jobs Board twice a month. We scrap over 160 websites and collate that information into one single location making your job hunt as easy as possible. Each job is hyperlinked to the company’s website so that you can start applying straight away.

16. Are there jobs available?

Currently, there are a large number of jobs available in the Pharma Industry in Ireland. In 2015, over 3,100 jobs were available and so far in 2016, there have been over 350 new jobs each month.

17. What is an example of a company I could work for?

Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Roche, Regeneron, Novartis, Amgen, Eli-Lilly, MSD, Abbott.
Check out our Irish Pharma Job Website Directory which has links to over 180 multinational and indigenous companies, engineering consultancies, recruitment companies, job websites and LinkedIn groups.

Springboard Contact Details

FREE SpringBoard Course

Our eBioPharmaChem course is FREE for Unemployed people in Ireland who qualify under the Springboard Scheme. If you are thinking of re-skilling into this sector and would like more information, contact us for details.

Already Working but Still Thinking of Changing Careers?

Feel free to check out our Manufacturing Safe Medicines & Medical Devices (Intro) course which will help you get a start on a career path into the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industry.

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Or call Sinead: +353 (0)21 240 9013

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