Courses provided by Finglas Training Centre are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. 


SOLAS is Ireland’s Further Education and Training Authority. Established in 2013 under the Further Education and Training Act,​​​ SOLAS is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills and is governed by a Board​.

SOLAS funded through the Department of Education and Skills and is the State organisation with responsibility for funding, planning and co-ordinating Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland, and the designated Intermediate Body for the European Social Fund Programme for Employment, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 – 2020. Eligible further education and training programmes are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF). Co-funded programmes include ETB Training for the Unemployed, Adult Literacy, Back to Education Initiative, Community Training Centres and Youthreach.

SOLAS has 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, European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), eCollege, Safepass a​nd the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

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The European Social Fund (ESF) is the European Union’s main financial instrument for helping people seeking employment through investment in education, skills and employment support. It does this by investing in Europe’s people and their skills – employed and jobless, young and old.

The ESF channels money into helping Member States meet the goals they have agreed together for educating and training people throughout Europe through the Europe 2020 strategy. Its mission is, to help prevent and fight unemployment, to make Europe’s workforce better equipped to face new challenges and to prevent people losing touch with the labour market.

The Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning, PEIL for short, is the only ESF programme in Ireland for the 2014 to 2020 period. It was formally approved by the European Commission in February 2015 and was launched in April of that year. The Programme involves a total investment of €1.157 billion; over €544 million each from the ESF and the Irish Government and a special allocation of just over €68 million from the EU’s Youth Employment Initiative.

The European Social Fund along with the Irish Government provides co-funding for eligible further education and training programmes. Since Ireland joined the EU, the ESF has invested over €7 billion in education, training and employment creation in Ireland.

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