SOLAS holds statutory responsibility for the management of the National Apprenticeship System in Ireland. Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople. It is a demand-driven, workplace and classroom, educational and training programme for employed people aimed at developing the skills of the apprentice to meet the needs of industry and the labour market. The Curriculum for each apprenticeship programme is based on uniform, pre-specified standards which are agreed and determined by industry.
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SOLAS manages the MOMENTUM programme which is part of the Government's 'Action Plan for Jobs' initiative. It offers training to approximately 6,500 long-term unemployed people to gain skills in identified growing sectors and to provide them with access to a range of education and training projects, work placement/support and relevant industry and NFQ accreditation.
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eCOLLEGE ONLINE LEARNING
SOLAS delivers online learning through
eCollege which offers a range of high quality interactive online learning courses, available any time through broadband internet access, for those who wish to learn at their own pace. On-Line learning courses typically take from 14-24 weeks to complete and caters for individuals who are IT literate and who wish to work at their own pace and in their own time. Courses are offered with and without e-tutor support. Learners can register for on-line courses through
www.ecollege.ie. Courses include; CompTIA Network+, Mobile Technology, Java Professional Developer and Microsoft.
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The SOLAS Safe Pass Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme is to ensure that, over the course of time, all workers in construction will have a basic knowledge of health and safety, and be able to work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others who might be affected by their acts or omissions. From a health and safety perspective, construction workers are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card.
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CONSTRUCTION SKILLS CERTIFICATION SCHEME/QUARRYING SKILLS CERTIFICATION SCHEME (CSCS/QSCS)
The Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS) and the Quarrying Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS)
provides for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives within the construction and quarrying sectors. Courses are up to one week in duration and are delivered all year round.
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EUROPEAN GLOBALISATION FUND (EGF)
SOLAS co-ordinates the
European Globalisation Fund (EGF) programmes on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) was established in December 2006 to support certain redundant workers made redundant as a result of major changes in global trade patterns to assist them back into employment as soon as possible. The scope of the EGF covers education and training programmes, career advice and guidance, and enterprise supports. EGF programme supports may only be provided within a 24 month period starting from the date of submission of an EGF application
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CERTIFICATES OF EXPERIENCE
Where required, member states are obliged to issue a European Community Certificate of Experience to workers, as evidence of their experience, training and qualifications. The Guidance Notes.pdf explain the details about the Certificate of Experience to applicants from the Republic of Ireland. These notes cover information such as the application process and the practical use of the Certificate. The brief guide to the Jobs Covered.pdf by the Certificate of Experience will also help to inform decisions about working in Europe.
For further information about Certificates of Experience please contact:
Legal Services Department - + 353 1 533 2394