We are the State Organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland.
Established in 2013 under the
Further Education & Training Act 2014
we are an agency of the Department of Education and Skills and are governed by a
. We have been tasked with building the identity and values of a world-class, integrated FET sector that is responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy. SOLAS also manages the National Apprenticeship system, EGF
Quarries Skills Certification Scheme
and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Please see below for more information about SOLAS.
SOLAS has a dedicated team of over 200 staff with a range of skills and specialisms working across 10 divisions. Following the announcement in October 2018 that Paul O’Toole, CEO of SOLAS was leaving to take up the role as interim Head of the Higher Education Authority, Conor Dunne was subsequently appointed as acting CEO. Prior to his appointment, Conor held the position of Assistant Chief Executive – Resources.
Organisational Structure for further details.
SOLAS Corporate Plan
SOLAS FET Services Plan
FET Strategy 2014-2019
Board of SOLAS
The Board of SOLAS were appointed by Government in October 2013. It comprises a Chairman and 12 ordinary Members, including the Chief Executive Officer - SOLAS (ex-officio). The board is responsible for setting the strategy and direction of SOLAS. It also provided strategic guidance to SOLAS, and monitors our activities and effectiveness as well as our internal financial control systems. In 2014, the Board oversaw the development of the first ever strategy for the Further Education and Training Sector in Ireland along with a Corporate Plan for SOLAS. See Board of SOLAS for further details.
SOLAS will fund, plan and co-ordinate a wide range of training and further education programmes. The delivery of these programmes is co-ordinated through our partners and stakeholders. Click
Partners for further details.
Within SOLAS, there are a number of types of salary scales as follows:-
Contributory Scales:-These scales apply to former AnCO, former YEA, former FÁS staff and to SOLAS staff. Pension deductions are made from staff on these salary scales.
Non-Contributory Scales:- These scales apply to Civil Servants seconded to FÁS in 1988, who were subsequently promoted.
Please click Salary Scales for further details.
SOLAS - The Further Education and Training Authority
Tel: + 353 (01) 533 2500
Staff email -
Media and public communications enquiries should be made to
For details of our Complaints Procedure click here