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SOLAS is the new Further Education and Training Authority in Ireland. It is responsible for funding, planning and co-ordinating training and further education programmes.

SOLAS (An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna) was formally established on 27th October 2013 by Ruairí Quinn T.D., the Minister for Education and Skills.

FÁS has been dissolved.

The Department of Social Protection has already taken over responsibility from FÁS for Community Employment and Employment Services. The new Intreo offices are now the first point of contact for jobseekers and are the gateway for unemployed learners seeking training support.

FÁS Training Centres are transferring to the new Education & Training Boards (ETBs), who will take over responsibility for the management of training delivery. The phased handover of FÁS Centres and related training activity will be completed during 2014. This will include Contracted Training and funding for Community Training Centres, Local Training Initiatives and Specialist Training Provision.

Until this transfer process is complete, SOLAS will manage training on a temporary basis. Training courses will continue as normal and learners will not be affected by the organisational change.


In Summary

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  • SOLAS is responsible for the funding, planning and co-ordinating the wide range of training and further education programmes in Ireland.
  • Education and Training Boards (ETBs) will be responsible for the delivery of Further Education and Training programmes.
  • Department of Social Protection is responsible for Employment Services and Programmes  including Employment Services/Intreo offices. Further information is available on