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  • Minister Quinn publishes review of Apprenticeship system
  • Review recommends expanding apprenticeships to new business sectors

    The Minister for Education & Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has published a comprehensive review of the system of apprenticeships. The review was undertaken by an independent group chaired by Kevin Duffy, chairperson of the Labour Court.

  • January, 2014
  • Seven SOLAS Training Centres transfer to Four Education and Training Boards
  • Seven SOLAS Training Centres transfer to Four Education and Training Boards

    Training courses and services to learners to continue as normal.

  • Seven former FÁS Training Centres, including 400 staff and their related training activity, today (1st January 2014) transferred from SOLAS to four Education and Training Boards.
  • The seven centres are:
  • Baldoyle, Loughlinstown and Tallaght Training Centres transfer to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB)

  • Ballyfermot and Finglas Training Centres transfer to City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB)

  • Cork Training Centre transfer to Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB)

  • Tralee Training Centre transfer to Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB)

  • January 2014
  • Establishment of SOLAS welcomed
  • Today, 29th October 2013, the Board, management and staff of the new Further Education and Training Authority, An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna (SOLAS) welcomed the signing of the Establishment Order to bring it into being by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D.

    Its establishment, which also brings about the dissolution of FÁS, is a very significant event in the Further Education and Training Sector (FET) in Ireland. The aim is to build a clear, integrated pathway to work for learners through Further Education and Training. Entirely new structures including SOLAS and the recently established Education & Training Boards are being put in place which will enhance the sector greatly.
  • October, 2013
  • Board of SOLAS appointed
  • The Government has approved the membership of the board of SOLAS, the new authority that will be responsible for developing a world class further education and training system.
  • October, 2013
  • Notice to Construction Industry in the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom
    - Agreement for the Mutual recognition of certificates of competency in the Plant Sector -
  • Effective from 1st July 2013, FÁS - the Training and Employment Authority (Republic of Ireland) - and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) UK are pleased to announce an agreement on the mutual recognition of construction plant-related certificates of competence.

    This will allow holders of a FÁS Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) experienced plant operator card to apply for a Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) Competent Operator (blue) Card, and vice versa.

    In order to meet each country’s legislative requirements, regional legislation or industry initiatives, transfers to each respective scheme need to be supported by interim additional requirements.  In principle, this means CPCS blue cardholders need to hold the relevant National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) or Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) and undertake the FÁS Safe Pass programme, whilst FÁS CSCS cardholders need to undertake the CITB Health, safety and environment test, plus a skills and experience interview and CPCS theory test for each category of plant. 
  • July, 2013
  • Irish students globally recognised at City & Guilds Medals for Excellence Awards 2013
  • Five inspirational people spanning Munster, Connacht, Leinster and Ulster were recently recognised at an international level at the prestigious City & Guilds Medals for Excellence Awards 2013. The five winners were presented with their awards by the Minister for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon, TD, at a gala ceremony held at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin.
  • May, 2013
  • Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2013
  • FÁS expects to train in the region of 80,000 individuals in 2013, of which 72,000+ will be unemployed persons and almost all of the remainder will be apprentices. The primary focus of FÁS training is on the preparation of individuals for working life. More specifically, the focus is on the development of the preparatory, occupation-specific technical and interpersonal skills and competencies or the progression to further/higher education and training in order to meet their career and employment aspirations.
  • March, 2013
  • Expert Group Highlights Jobs Market Opportunities
    - Launch of Vacancy Overview 2012 -
  • The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs today (Tuesday, 26 February) published its third Vacancy Overview report, which outlines the areas where job vacancies arose during 2012. Through an analysis of almost 100,000 vacancies (from two sources – Department of Social Protection/FÁS Jobs Ireland and IrishJobs.ie), the Vacancy Overview shows that vacancies continue to exist for most occupations with a strong demand for those with work experience, third level qualifications and/or foreign language skills.
  • February, 2013
  • Today (18th December, 2012), An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD, together with the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, and the Minister of State for Training and Skills, Ciarán Cannon TD, announced an innovative Government initiative which will provide free education and training projects for up to 6,500 long-term jobseekers.

    This initiative, MOMENTUM, will assist 6,500 long term unemployed jobseekers to gain in-demand skills and to access work in sectors of the economy where there are job opportunities. The programmes will include on-the job training in the form of work experience modules as well as the development of the workplace skills required to obtain and retain employment.

    36 education and training providers from both the private and public sector will be offering 62 individual MOMENTUM programmes in 87 locations across the country. These projects will be in the expanding employment areas of ICT, digital media, healthcare and social services, the green economy, food processing and sales and marketing.

    Specific projects will also be available for those under 25 to assist them to enter or return to employment including, ‘Train To Work Opportunities’, ‘Green Pathways’ and a Graduate Activation Programme.

    MOMENTUM is an outcomes-based model of education and training that sees best international practice adapted to an Irish context. The courses are tailored to both the needs of the long-term job-seeker, but also employers who are experiencing skills shortages.

    Courses are free, full and part-time and are aligned to levels 3 to 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) or to an industry required certification within the sector. The projects range in duration from 11 weeks – 45 weeks.

    An Tánaiste said: “The Government’s priority is to get our people back to work. We are spending more than €20 million in order to assist thousands of long-term jobseekers in getting new skills and returning to employment in areas where there are currently opportunities.

    Announcing the 6,500 places today, Minister Quinn said “We all know that budgets are tight, in households and in the Government Departments. But, we are committed to ensuring that our limited resources are targeted and allow unemployed people to access high quality and relevant education and training. The MOMENTUM model, which sees skills provision married with on the job experience, is a significant innovation in how we spend public money on further education and training.

    Minister Cannon said, “Momentum is part of the major reform of the further education and training sector. I am spearheading the creation of Solas and it will facilitate a coherent integrated strategic national response across the further education and training sectors.”

    Speaking at Windmill Lane Recording Studios where the launch took place, Paul O’Toole, Director General, FÁS said “This programme provides a real opportunity to long term jobseekers to develop the skills that employers are looking for. We believe that the training, education and real experience provided through the projects will significantly enhance participants’ capacity to compete for jobs”.

    MOMENTUM is administered by FÁS and funded by the Department of Education & Skills through the ESF supported Labour Market Education & Training Fund (LMETF). The payment system to providers is outcomes based with part payment reserved for key stages of the programme, including challenging certification, progression and employment outcomes at the end of the programme.

    Further information on MOMENTUM, its projects and providers and eligibility criteria can be found on the website: www.momentumskills.ie or from any Employment Services Office.

  • Dec, 2012
  • Labour Market Education & Training Fund (LMETF)
    Extension of proposal deadline and up-to-date pre-qualified contractors list
  • In May 2012, FÁS called for expressions of interest from Education and Training Providers to apply for inclusion on a pre-qualified LMETF panel.

    Pre-qualified panel members have now been invited to bring forward proposals for the provision of innovative programmes in support of long term unemployed learners.  If approved, these programmes will be allocated LMETF funding

    The closing date for receipt of proposals from pre-qualified contractors has now been extended to 12.00 noon on Friday 7th September, 2012.

    Other interested parties may wish to contribute to proposals or alternatively to partner or collaborate with contractors who are pre-qualified.  These parties should contact the pre-qualified contractors directly.  To facilitate this, an updated list (as of 30th August, 2012) of pre-qualified providers who are willing to consider joint partnership proposals is available to download here. This list will be further updated as necessary.
  • July, 2012
  • Galway Employment and Advice Fair
    29th & 30th June 2012
  • Have fun at the Festival but don’t forget to check out the
     Employment and Advice Fair 

    Burton: Over 300 jobs available as well as support and advice for jobseekers 

     29th & 30th June 2012 

  • June 2012
  • Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2012
  • FÁS has been requested by the Department of Education and Skills to provide training for 81,500 unemployed persons in 2012 in addition to organising and controlling the FÁS Apprenticeship Programme and initiating and managing a new Labour Market Education and Training Fund.

  • March 2012

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