Assistant Manager (Grade 7) Enterprise Employees and Skills (Temp 2 years) ref no: 352

SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority of Ireland, was established on 27 October 2013 and its mission is to fund, co-ordinate and monitor a range of Further Education and Training (FET) provisions that is responsive to the needs of learners and employers. It is an agency of the recently formed Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. SOLAS works in close collaboration with Education and Training Boards (ETBs) across Ireland on provision of high-quality further education and training, equipping learners with relevant skills and knowledge, and providing a pipeline of talent into employment and to the Irish economy and society.

At SOLAS, we put the learner, employers and communities, which FET serves, at the heart of everything we do. Working with sister agencies, SOLAS leads actions in key policy and strategy documents including the most recent Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy 2020 – 2024, the evaluation of the National Youthreach Programmes (2019), the National Skills Strategy 2025 and the People Strategy 2020-2024 and others.

SOLAS is currently recruiting a Temporary Assistant Manager to support policy development and implementation in relation to skills development for the Irish workforce. The successful applicant will assist SOLAS in supporting the Department of Further Higher Education Research Innovation and Science in achieving national targets and goals for employee development, enterprise engagement and other targeted skills development initiatives in further education and training. The details of goals and targets are set out in policy and strategy documents that include the Further Education and Training Strategy 2020- 2024, the National Skills Strategy 2025; and the current Programme for Government. The successful applicant will play a key role in delivering on national policy and the related targets and goals, working closely with internal colleagues in SOLAS, stakeholders in further education and training, with the enterprise community and the wider stakeholder group.

This is a Temporary, 2 year, position for which the salary scale ranges from €63,051 to €79,790 per annum (inclusive of two long service increments) for a 37-hour week. Starting pay will be at the minimum point of the scale as per Government Circular E100/8/82. Exceptional circumstances may apply for candidates with current service in the Civil/Public service.

SOLAS offers an excellent benefit package including a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity for further training and development.

Applications, using the SOLAS Application Form, quoting reference number 352, should be e-mailed to

The closing date is Tuesday 30th November 2021, by 5pm.

Ref 352 Role Specification

SOLAS Competencies

SOLAS Application Form

SOLAS is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Please Note:Since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in line with Government instructions and restrictions, SOLAS staff are working remotely. Please note Castleforbes House, Dublin 1 is the base for this position, and we will return there when allowed to do so, while again abiding by Government instructions and restrictions. SOLAS has committed to a hybrid working model in the future and we await further instruction from our governing Department on these arrangements.