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.

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.

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.

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation (DBEI) will shortly announce its contingency plan for persons that need to renew their Safe Pass card and for persons seeking to acquire a Safe Pass, CSCS and or QSCS card for the first time. SOLAS will update this notification when its receives confirmation of the DBEI contingency plan.

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 20th March, 2020)