FÁS to be replaced by Solas

July 27 2011, 03:02pm


27th July 2011

A new education and training authority is to replace FÁS, which is being disbanded, it was announced today.

The new agency, called Solas, hopes to bring a more integrated approach to the provision of further education and training in Ireland.

Solas stands for Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh Agus Scileanna

Functions previously carried out by FÁS will now be taken over by the the Department of Social Protection and Department of Education.

Under the new arrangements there will be a considerably enhanced roles for the VECs, which will play a key role in upskilling jobseekers.

The new authority will operate under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills. Solas will co-ordinate and fund the wide range of training and further education programmes around the country.

Government press release is available here http://www.merrionstreet.ie/index.php/2011/07/new-further-education-and-training-authority-solas-launched-by-minister-quinn/?cat=12