Covid 19 Update

Update: Further Education and Training - Level 5 Restrictions

FET courses will continue with enhanced protective measures in place including online remote learning with limited onsite delivery for certain courses and smaller group learning. Practical training learning that cannot be delivered remotely will continue to be delivered on-site with enhanced measures. Please contact your course provider for more information.

Apprenticeship Off-the-job practical training that cannot be delivered remotely will continue to be delivered in training centres, Institutes of Technology and Technological University Dublin with enhanced measures such as remote learning for non-practical based training. Please contact your apprenticeship training provider for more information.

Regulated safety training in the construction sector including Safepass and CSCS and QSCS training will continue to be delivered with enhanced protective measures. If you have a query with regard to Safe Pass, CSCS or QSCS courses please contact (01) 5332500 or send your query to

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.

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 22nd October 2020)