Budget 2021 : €50 million fund 14 October 2020
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD have today announced a series of new measures as part of Budget 2021.
The package includes:
- A €50 million fund to provide financial assistance to full time third level students in recognition of the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on this group;
- €120 million to reskill and upskill people affected by the pandemic;
- Supporting a green recovery by rolling out a new retrofitting training scheme and a new climate action upskilling scheme.
- 50,000 further education and training places in 2020/2021;
- Extension of the Apprenticeship Incentivisation Scheme;
- Nearly €30 million will be invested in research to support researchers, build capacity, support Covid research, and strengthen north-south research links;
- Enhanced SUSI grant supports for post-grads and increased support for the PATH access initiative to increase participation in Higher Education from the most economically disadvantaged students.
- A review of SUSI to guide the future strategic direction of the scheme;
- Funding will be provided to sustain additional places in higher education and further increase Springboard places;
- Infrastructure investments to expand student places, upgrade existing infrastructure, modernise apprenticeship provision and progress the digital agenda;
- €15 million is being provided for minor capital works and equipment for higher education institutions.