Manager (Grade 6) Craft Apprenticeship- Apprenticeship Services

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.

Applications are invited for the permanent role of Craft Apprenticeship Manager, within the Apprenticeship Services Unit. The apprenticeship team has responsibility for 62 Apprenticeship programmes at present. The Manager of Craft Apprenticeship, in consultation with the Director, provides ongoing operational oversight to the team responsible for the 25 craft apprenticeship programmes. The Craft Apprenticeship Manager oversees efficient and effective achievement of relevant key deliverables in the business plan and is responsible for the effective development and management of all apprenticeship business processes in the day-to-day operations of SOLAS as coordinating provider for these programmes. The Manager reports to the Director of Apprenticeship and manages the Craft Apprenticeship team.

This is a permanent position for which the salary scale ranges from €69,644 to €91,130 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 346, should be e-mailed to

The closing date is Thursday 28th October 2021, by 5pm.

Ref. 346 Role Specification

SOLAS Application Form

SOLAS Competencies

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.