The Government has announced the opening of a new scheme for displaced Ukrainians to enter further education.
In June, the Cabinet approved a range of new measures to provide access to further and higher education in the academic year 2022/2023 to Ukrainian students living in Ireland who have been granted Section 60 Protection under the International Protection Act 2015.
Qualified persons will be able to attend Solas approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses free of charge and will be offered financial assistance to help them with their course.
Minister Simon Harris said: “Over 45,000 people have fled Ukraine and come to Ireland. This scheme will allow any person under the Temporary Directive access to post-leaving cert courses..
“In addition to this, we will be offering financial assistance to people undertaking courses. This will be administered by the awarding authority, SUSI on behalf of the Department of Further and Higher Education Research Innovation and Science.
“This financial support is a limited period of one year, in the form of a bursary of circa €6,115 to be paid in monthly instalments to qualified persons who attend a SOLAS approved PLC course in the 2022/23 academic year.”