The SIPTU Education and Development Support Scheme is currently taking applications with a closing date of Tuesday, 30th September. The scheme provides opportunities for SIPTU members to participate in further and higher learning that will improve their employability and career progress while also contributing to the development of the union. Support is also provided for the children of SIPTU members to participate in second level study and the study of the Irish language. To qualify for consideration for an award, applicants must be in membership of the union for at least one year on 30th September 2013. They must be in benefit at the time of application and if successful, be in benefit when the payment of the award is due. Gaeltacht awards can only be made if the daughter or son for whom the application is made is not younger than 11 years and not older than 18 years in the year attending the Gaeltacht. Members applying for the Second Level Senior Cycle award on behalf of their children must provide a copy of their Junior Certificate/O Level Results or the equivalent. Completed applications are considered by an independent committee and awards are approved by the SIPTU National Executive Council. No correspondence or discussion will be entered into in connection with any application. For an application form Scholarship scheme