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New Further Education & Training Course Hub brings all up-to-date information on FET courses together for 1st time

Over 4,000 Further Education and Training courses can now be found in one place - The new website, developed by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, and Education and Training Boards Ireland will allow learners to access information about Further Education and Training opportunities throughout the country such as Post-Leaving Cert courses, the latest traineeships, back to education initiatives and many more. These programmes are delivered by a network of Further Education and Training providers across 26 counties, and online through SOLAS eCollege.

Further Education and Training (FET) offers a wide range of interesting accredited courses that help individuals to develop their skills for employment, career progression, progression into other FET courses or third-level as well as providing fundamental literacy and numeracy skills.

SOLAS CEO, Paul O’Toole said: “Further Education and Training offers a wide range of opportunities for everyone. FET courses, which are delivered through the ETBs and other providers, can make a real difference to the lives of individuals by developing skills and supporting life-long learning, no matter who you are or where you are on your journey. FET is inclusive and accessible to everyone including school leavers, career changers, people returning to employment, people with disabilities and older people. FET learners include everyone from WorldSkills gold medal winners to grandparents improving their literacy skills to help their grandchildren with their homework. means that it has never been easier to find the right course for you.”

ETBI Secretary General, Michael Moriarty said: “Through the ETB network, Further Education and Training in the form of PLCs, traineeships, adult or community education or Specific Skills Training courses, is embedded in every community right across Ireland. Yet to date, the huge opportunities offered through FET have remained one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. is a very significant step to communicating the rich diversity of options we offer to learners aged 18 to 67.”

Minister for Education & Skills, Richard Bruton TD said: “As our economy comes out of a very difficult period, many new opportunities have opened up for young people, in the further education and training sector, including traineeships and apprenticeships. I believe that we must build a bridge between education and enterprise which is stronger than what we have ever seen before in Ireland. I am delighted that over 4,000 Further Education and Training courses can now be found in one place -” is one part of an information technology system, the Programme and Learner Support System (PLSS), a joint initiative between SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards. The other elements are the National Programme Database and the National Course Database. The three databases will collectively provide an integrated approach to collection of key data on Further Education and Training Programme outputs, outcomes and performance.

Notes to Editors:

  • Contact: Nikki Gallagher, Director of Communications, SOLAS at 01-5332396 or 087-6490092 or Emma Kelly, SOLAS at 01-5332392 or 0871747192

  • Photographs have been supplied to photodesks by Maxwell Photographers.

  • SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, a statutory agency under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills, was established in October 2013. Its role and functions are set out in the Further Education and Training Act, 2013. SOLAS is responsible for funding, coordinating and providing strategic direction to the Further Education and Training sector in Ireland.

  • Education and Training Boards Ireland is the national representative association for Ireland’s sixteen Education and Training Boards (ETBs). ETBs and ETBI were established 1 July 2013 and were formerly known as VECs and IVEA respectively.

  • There is a national network of 16 Education and Training Boards throughout Ireland. ETBs are statutory authorities which have responsibility for education and training, youth work and a range of other statutory functions. ETBs manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, multi-faith community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes. The general functions of an Education and Training Board, stated under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013.