SOLAS funds, co-ordinates and monitors Further Education and Training (FET) provision by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. In 2018, the sixteen Education and Training Boards supported over 300,000 beneficiaries, delivering education and training across 33 skills clusters including, but not limited to, built environment, engineering, food and beverage, information technology and tourism.
The Further Education and Training Act 2013 stipulates that SOLAS will, every five years, prepare and submit a strategy in respect of further education and training to the Minister for Education and Skills. The first such strategy (Further Education and Training Strategy 2014-2019) was published in 2014 and has resulted in significant progress in the development of the FET sector in that period. With the current Strategy concluding at the end of 2019 work is now beginning on developing a new Further Education and Training Strategy for the period 2020-2024.
Submissions are now invited from interested parties to assist SOLAS and the Department of Education and Skills in defining the strategic direction of Further Education and Training in Ireland up to the year 2024.
To make a submission as part of this consultation, please follow the link Further Education and Training Strategy 2020 - 2024
Alternatively download the form here Public Consultation2019.pdf
and email it to FETStrategy@solas.ie
An Irish language version of the form is available here Public Consultation2019 Irish.pdf
Please do not send hard copies of your submission. The deadline for submissions is close of business on Wednesday 29th May 2019.