Momentum is an initiative which provides education and training to assist long-term unemployed people gain the skills needed to access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities.

All Momentum education and training projects are free. There are full and part-time projects available. Projects are from level 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or to an industry-required certification.

Momentum will provide eligible jobseekers with:

  • Access to a range of quality education and training projects
  • Links to identified job vacancies and employers
  • Work placement and support
  • Industry and NFQ (National Framework of Qualifications) Certification

Some Momentum projects are specifically for unemployed people under 25 years of age.

If Momentum doesn’t meet your needs, there are several other ways to access education and training.

The Momentum programme is currently not recruiting for participants.


To qualify for a free Momentum project you must be:

*If you have been unemployed for 12 of the previous 18 months you may be considered eligible for Momentum.

Time spent on a Back to Education Allowance, VTOS, FÁS training course, Fáilte Ireland training course, Youthreach, Community Employment scheme, TUS, Rural Social Scheme, Back to Work Allowance, Back to Enterprise Allowance, Job Initiative and Job Assist may be counted towards meeting the qualifying criteria for a Momentum project. You must have completed the scheme and be signing on or getting a jobseeker’s payment.

You should check your eligibility for a Momentum project with your local employment services office.

Refusing a place on a Momentum project

Your social welfare payment can be reduced if you refuse an appropriate offer of training. Find out more in our documents on Jobseeker’s Allowance and Jobseeker’s Benefit.


You will continue to get your jobseeker’s payment while you are on the project. Momentum participants aged under 26 who move from an age-related reduced rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance will get a top-up rate of €160 per week (any means you have will be deducted from this rate).

If you no longer meet the qualifying criteria for Jobseeker’s Allowance or Jobseeker’s Benefit your social welfare payment will stop, but you may continue on the Momentum project.

If your Jobseeker’s Benefit claim ends while you are on a Momentum project, you can apply for Jobseeker’s Allowance and continue on Momentum regardless of whether your Jobseeker’s Allowance claim is awarded.

If you are on a full-time Momentum course and you need childcare, you may qualify for a free childcare place under the Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) scheme.

How to apply

Decide on the sector you would like to train in and search for a project. For more information about a project you can contact the project provider.

Contact your local employment service office to register your interest in a project. You can register for a maximum of 2 projects at any one time.

If you meet the criteria for your selected project, you will be called 1-2 weeks before the start of the project for a briefing with the provider. If you are successful in gaining a place on your chosen project you will receive a letter confirming this and advising you of the start date.

Your local employment service office can provide you with any assistance you need to apply for a Momentum project.

More information is available on

The Momentum programme is currently not recruiting for participants.

Where to apply

The Momentum programme is currently not recruiting for participants.

Page edited: 19 June 2017



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