Free college place holders can stay on welfare

People who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn will not have to give up their social welfare benefits to avail of the free college places being offered by the government.

25th July, 2009

People who have lost their jobs in the economic downturn will not have to give up their social welfare benefits to avail of the free college places being offered by the government.

Education minister Batt O’Keeffe will announce today that four universities, 13 institutes of technology and the National College of Ireland have all signed up to the government plan to retrain and upskill the labour force.

The 1,500 free part-time college places, which...

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