Covid 19 Update

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, like everyone else, are doing our best to keep the show on the road. 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 www.ecollege.ie

Front-loaded funding for ETBs and Agencies and Bodies funded through FET has been arranged.

Since the 8 June 2020 SOLAS was provided with the necessary authorisation to formally approve the reactivation of Safe Pass, CSCS and QSCS courses, in accordance with the SOLAS Standard Operating Pandemic Containment Guidelines. The majority of SOLAS approve training organisations and tutors are now operational.

In the event you have a query with regard to Safe Pass, CSCS or QSCS courses please contact (01) 5332500 or send your query to CSUInfo@solas.ie

SOLAS is waiting on a decision from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation regarding the termination of the Safe Pass card expiry date exemption. As this date may be imminent people with expired Safe Pass cards are advised to make arrangements re renew their Safe Pass cards.

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

Apprenticeship off-the-job training and assessments are currently postponed but we’re keeping this under review and updates will be available on apprenticeship.ie and @apprenticesirl

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, has confirmed that a change to the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme (TWSS) will be made to accommodate the salaries of those apprentices who were engaged in a period of block release training in February of this year. For more click here

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 @apprenticeshipirl 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 29th July, 2020)