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Ireland FET authority SOLAS joins Jobs Expo Galway

4 January 2017
Est. Reading: 2 minutes

We are very pleased to announce that SOLAS will be joining our inaugural Jobs Expo in Galway on Saturday 11 February 2017.

Established in 2013, SOLAS is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills. SOLAS aims to create a world-class, integrated Further Education and Training (FET) sector that is responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy.

SOLAS manages, co-ordinates and supports the delivery of integrated Further Education and Training by the Education and Training Boards. The organisation monitors delivery and provide funding based on reliable data and positive outcomes. They also promote FET provision that is relevant to individual learner needs and national skills needs. This includes the needs of business and future skills requirements. They support the development of an innovative, flexible and demand-led FET sector. This is to ensure the economic and social well-being of Ireland.

SOLAS manages a number of initiatives. These include:

  • The National Apprenticeship system
  • The MOMENTUM programme
  • EGF
  • eCollege
  • Safepass
  • The Construction Skills Certification Scheme

Leading change in further education and training

Ireland has a rich and diverse range of Further Education and Training options. SOLAS' challenge is threefold. First off, they aim to ensure that every learning opportunity offers individuals the opportunity to gain new skills or to advance their personal development. Secondly, they are responsive to the needs of enterprises. Businesses must have access to particular skills if they are to grow. Finally, they must consider the needs of civil society. All citizens must experience parity of esteem and equal opportunity.

SOLAS also aims to ensure that Further Education and Training is inclusive. They recognise that all citizens have the potential to develop their skills if they have the opportunity and support to do so.

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