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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Seven SOLAS Training Centres transfer to Four Education and Training Boards
    Community Training Centres Local Training Initiatives and Specialist Training Provision in their respective regions During 2014 Education Training Boards will take over responsibility for the management of training delivery This will include the phased handover of the remaining former FÁS Training Centres which are currently being managed by SOLAS on a temporary basis FÁS has been dissolved This transfer forms part of the major structural reforms currently taking place in the Further Education and Training FET Sector in Ireland Speaking on the transfer Paul O Toole CEO SOLAS said today marks another significant step in this major reform process aimed at improving services for Jobseekers and Learners I would like to thank the colleagues from each of the seven training centres most of whom have worked with the organisation for many years for their hard work and dedication and to wish them every success in their new positions within the Education and Training Boards As the Education Training Boards take over the management of training delivery SOLAS the new Further Education and Training Authority will focus all its energy on planning funding and driving the development of a new integrated FET service in Ireland ENDS Notes to Editors SOLAS Training Centres transferring to City of Dublin ETB CDETB Currently From 31 st December 2013 Finglas Training Centre CDETB Finglas Training Centre Poppintree Industrial Estate Address and contact details as before Jamestown Road Finglas Dublin 11 Tel 353 0 1 8140200 Ballyfermot Training Centre CDETB Ballyfermot Training Centre Ballyfermot Hill Address and contact details as before Ballyfermot Dublin 10 Tel 353 0 1 6055900 SOLAS Training Centres transferring to Dublin and Dun Laoghaire ETB DDLETB Baldoyle Training Centre DDLETB Training Centre Baldoyle Baldoyle Industrial Estate Address and contact details as before Baldoyle Dublin 13 Tel 353 0 1 8167400 Loughlinstown Training

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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Establishment of SOLAS welcomed
    and the recently established Education Training Boards are being put in place which will enhance the sector greatly The new Chairman of SOLAS Mr Pat Delaney today welcomed the announcement The new Board will hold its first Board meeting next week and is very much looking forward to utilising this opportunity to bring about a revitalised world class FET sector in Ireland Speaking on the first working day of the new organisation Paul O Toole CEO designate of SOLAS said I would like to thank the team who have put a lot of work into the preparation for the establishment of SOLAS Over the coming months we will focus on the successful transfer of former FÁS Training operations to the Education and Training Boards whilst simultaneously developing a robust 5 year strategy for the Further Education and Training Sector This will be done in consultation with relevant stakeholders and will set out a proposed roadmap for the FET sector in response to needs and opportunities for the short medium and longer term As the Education Training Boards take over the management of training delivery SOLAS will focus all its energy on planning funding and driving the development of a new integrated Further Education and Training service SOLAS will strive to ensure that every learner has access to the best possible Further Education and Training and will work to build a new learner focused FET service in Ireland that is fit for purpose and designed to meet future needs To achieve this SOLAS will work closely with a wide range of stakeholders including learners employers Education Training Boards Government departments state bodies Quality and Qualifications Ireland QQI the Higher Education Authority HEA Institutes of Technology IOTs and representative organisations ENDS Notes to editors The Department of Social Protection has already taken

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/29th+October+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Board of SOLAS appointed
    of 21st century high quality further education and training programmes for jobseekers and other learners The establishment of SOLAS will also bring about the dissolution of FÁS The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn T D who was one of the first politicians to call for the replacement of FÁS said he wished the new SOLAS board well in its work One of its first tasks will be to devise a strategy for the development of a unified further education and training sector The new statutory agency will operate under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills SOLAS will be responsible in partnership with the 16 new Education and Training Boards for the integration co ordination and funding of the wide range of training and further education programmes around the country The board will be chaired by Pat Delaney who worked previously with IBEC and is a former director of the Small Firms Association The other members are SOLAS CEO designate Paul O Toole Bernadette Brady Director Aontas Paul O Sullivan DIT Sean Burke CEO Limerick and Clare ETB Cathriona Hallahan M D Microsoft Ireland David Barrett founder of MBCS an Enterprise Ireland supported export company Liz

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/18th+October+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Minister Quinn announces his intent to appoint Pat Delaney as Chair of SOLAS
    Chair of SOLAS Minister Quinn announces his intention to appoint Pat Delaney as Chairperson of SOLAS Published on 19th September 2013 The Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn TD has announced his intention to appoint Mr Pat Delaney as the Chairperson of SOLAS the new State training agency Mr Delaney has previously worked for IBEC and is a former director of the Small Firms Association His appointment to SOLAS

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/19th+September+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Notice to Construction Industry
    Resources News Contact Communications Unit About Us home About Us News Notice to Construction Industry 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 Published on 18th July 2013 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

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/18th+July+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Expert Group
    be an excess supply of labour Shortages are primarily confined to niche skill areas and in most instances remain of low magnitude this year s bulletin highlights the persistence of skills shortages in the areas of ICT high tech manufacturing especially bio pharma and medical devices agri food sales marketing business finance and healthcare Multilingual skills are a key aspect of some of these shortages For example shortages of multilingual IT technicians finance accounts managers marketing associate professionals financial administrators and some supply chain related occupations exist Worth noting is the continuing emphasis by employers on the importance of work experience Recruiters are not only looking for appropriately qualified staff but also employability skills gained through work placements Demand Key Findings General labour market situation Some labour market indicators for 2012 point towards improvements in the Irish labour market decline in the unemployment rate and increase in employment however challenges continue to exist with a further contraction of the labour force and a lower participation rate as well as persistently high unemployment rates for certain segments of the labour market e g persons previously employed in skilled trades and elementary occupations younger age cohorts and persons with low education attainment Dynamics of the labour market transitions It is estimated that during 2012 there were over a million transitions between employment unemployment and economic inactivity as well as between and within occupations The analysis points to the flexibility of the Irish labour market but also to the difficulties facing lower skilled persons in securing sustainable employment Individuals effort to migrate from lower quality jobs is illustrated by some inter occupational movement upwards along the occupational scale as well as by a large share of transitions from lower skilled occupations e g sales assistants elementary occupations to education Frequent changes of employers were found across the skills scale amongst professionals the highest level of intra occupational movements were found in ICT particularly for programmers and software developers and in the public sector teachers and nurses Amongst other occupational groups the highest level of intra occupational transitions was amongst sales assistants waiters construction labourers clerks kitchen assistants chefs and child minders Supply Key Findings There were approximately 217 000 awards made to learners in Ireland in 2011 12 spanning all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications this represents an increase on the 211 000 recorded in 2010 2011 Almost 43 000 people received a major award in further education and training There were more than 59 000 awards made in the higher education and training sector they included Approximately 14 000 higher certificates ordinary degrees NFQ 6 7 More than 27 000 honours bachelor degrees NFQ 8 More than 16 000 postgraduate certificates diplomas and master degrees NFQ 9 More than 1 400 PhDs NFQ 10 The field of health and welfare had the largest number of awards with almost 27 000 spanning all levels of the NFQ Promising signs for computing at higher level with a 25 increase in the number

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/15th+July+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Medals for Excellence
    he is currently posted in Iraq as a Field Service Engineer for Irish Company Oil Field Solutions after spending the last year in Algeria Also among the recipients to receive this rare accolade was trainer Priyashantha Agalawattage who works at McDonald s Restaurant in Douglas Cork as a Training Manager responsible for a team of 105 Priyashantha has worked for McDonald s for over 15 years and was nominated for his exemplary work in championing learning since he took over the training programme last year in Douglas When Priyashantha is not working he spends his time with his wife and three year old son studying accountancy part time to get a degree and also fits in time to give free commerce lessons over skype to students in Sri Lanka who can t afford private lessons The recipients were proudly watched by their family and friends as they received their medals from Minister Cannon at the gala ceremony The Minister said Celebrations such as today s Awards Ceremony demonstrate that even in a difficult economic environment Ireland through organisations such as City Guilds is continuing to produce highly qualified highly educated and highly trained individuals A well educated and qualified workforce has always been and still remains one of Ireland s fundamental strengths As Minister for Training and Skills it is my responsibility to ensure that unemployed individuals are provided with appropriate advice support education and training to enable them to take advantage of the new job opportunities which will arise as the economy recovers It is fair to say that part of our economic recovery depends on the skills and creativity of our workforce and that City Guilds qualifications have an important role to play in this The City Guilds Medals for Excellence are aimed at inspiring people to believe

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/1st+May+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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  • FÁS - Press Releases - Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2013
    for FÁS Training Provision 2013 Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2013 Published on 11th March 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

    Original URL path: http://fas.ie/en/About+Us/News/11th+March+2013.htm (2015-10-29)
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