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

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

In keeping with Government Covid-19 requirements, SOLAS construction courses remain suspended until further notice. As soon as the Government eases Covid-19 restrictions regarding the delivery of SOLAS construction courses this notice will be updated.

In the event you have a query with regard to Safe Pass, CSCS or QSCS courses please send your query to

Safe Pass, CSCS and QSCS training courses and assessment events have been suspended with effect from 25th March 2020 until further notice. All card applications currently within the system, and applications in respect of courses attended up to and including 25th March will be processed .

However, CSCS and QSCS card replacements and renewals along with Safe Pass card replacements will continue to be provided by SOLAS through its online services.

In response to the Covid-19 emergency, contingency measures are now in place to recognise Safe Pass cards that expired on and after the 1 March, 2020. These cards will be deemed valid until further notice.

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

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 11th May, 2020)