Covid 19 Update

Further Education and Training activity in response to deteriorating COVID-19 situation.

Following the 06 January 2021 Government advice to minimise movement over the coming weeks, the Further Education and Training sector will be restricting onsite attendance and delivering programmes primarily online. There will be exceptions for activities not capable of being delivered through alternative means and are time-critical for learners during this period. Contact your training provider for more information.

Off-the-job training (Phases 2, 4 and 6) for craft apprentices is currently delivered by further and higher education providers using online learning. This approach is continuing into February following confirmation by Government of the continuation of Level 5 pandemic restrictions until 05 March.

Craft apprentices on Phase 2, Phase 4 or Phase 6 training will continue their training online.

If a return to onsite training is possible during February, adequate notice will be provided to apprentices, training providers and other stakeholders.

Phase 2 craft apprentices due to begin off-the-job training during February-March will commence their training online. For more information click here

Safe Pass training and assessment has resumed from Friday 16th April 2021 to meet the needs of construction projects permitted by the recently published Government Guidelines. All training will operate in line with the Pandemic Containment Guidelines. If you have a query with regard to Safe Pass, CSCS or QSCS courses please contact (01) 5332500 or send your query to

Replacement Safe Pass cards (for lost, stolen or damaged cards) will continue to be provided through online services.

For more information on what Level 5 means for Further and Higher Education see here

We know that many of our learners and others in the further education and training sector will be impacted in some way by the range of measures being implemented to help contain the spread of Covid-19.

We want to assure you that we at SOLAS and the ETBs and the wider Education Sector, are working to continue the delivery of courses. Find out more about the FET sector response to Covid-19 here

We are making SOLAS’ online learning service, eCollege, available free of charge as a support to learners who have been impacted by the current containment measures. We’re doing this so to support those already doing a FET course who would like to augment their learning as well as those who have recently become unemployed or had their hours reduced and who wish to upskill and reskill in digital skills. To find out more visit

We ask that people do not visit our office and use our online services instead.

We also continue to support the wider system working with colleagues across the education system during this time.

We’ll keep you updated on key developments through our social media accounts @solasfet, @thisisfet and @apprenticesirl and you can contact us as normal by phone, email or through social media.

What’s most important is that we all stay safe so we’d encourage you to follow HSE advice and check appropriate social media platforms for updates as this situation is under continuous review.

(Last updated 16th April 2021)