Covid 19 Update

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

Further Education and Training activity
In line with current Government guidelines, Further Education and Training programmes are being delivered primarily online with exceptions for activities not capable of being delivered through alternative means and are time-critical for learners during this period.

Planning for a return to onsite education from September 2021, safely and in line with public health guidelines is underway. Contact your training provider for more information.

SOLAS’ online learning service, eCollege, continues to be available free of charge as a support to learners who have been impacted by the current containment measures. See

The pandemic restrictions and closures of apprenticeship workshops since March 2020 have created a big backlog of apprentices currently waiting for off-the-job training. SOLAS and all education partners are acutely aware of the really difficult situation this has created for apprentices and their employers. We are working hard on plans to tackle the backlog and get all apprentices back on track.

Phase 2 Off-the-job training is continuing throughout the summer with over 720 apprentices due to start training in July and August. At present the Level 5 public health guidelines still apply and capacity remains restricted to c.60%. It is hoped that the national vaccination programme will bring these restrictions to an end with a return to full training capacity across all phases from September. For more information on craft apprenticeship training click here.

Construction Training (Safe Pass/CSCS/QSCS)
Training and assessment has resumed and is operating 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

To search for a Safe Pass course see

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

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 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 11th August 2021)