How to Apply
The majority of SOLAS training courses are free to unemployed persons and the first step is to contact your local DSP Employment Services Office to register and apply for training. A small number of courses (usually fee-paying) have a different application process. Your Employment Services Office will advise you if this is the case or you can view the Course Delivery Options/Training Programmes sections for further information.
Not Sure Which Course Is For You?
Make an appointment with your local DSP Employment Services Office and arrange a guidance interview to discuss the training options available to you.
Courses include market led, client led, pre-market led or supported training courses.
Course Delivery Options
There are a number of course delivery options available including day courses (full-time or part-time), evening courses, online courses and blended learning courses.
- Day Courses
These courses are delivered either, directly by SOLAS through its network of Training Centres, or through a range of training providers on behalf of SOLAS in various locations throughout the country. The duration of the courses can vary. There is no fee and in some circumstances allowances may be paid. They are generally full-time courses with training taking place Monday to Friday however, some may be delivered on a part-time basis.
- Online Courses
Online courses are delivered over the internet thereby allowing learners to learn at their own pace and at times that suit them. Online courses are a flexible response to the needs of job-ready individuals that require a specific training intervention to assist them to re-enter the labour market. Online courses are open to all persons (both employed and unemployed) however there is a fee for people in employment. Fee paying clients must apply online to eCollege. Non-fee paying clients (unemployed persons) must apply through their local DSP Employment Services Office.
- Blended Learning
Blended Learning courses are online courses combined with learner supports delivered by telephone, email, E-tutor and instructor led workshops. Some courses may also include one to one mentoring or group mentoring, assignments or project work. Blended Learning courses are a flexible response to the needs of job ready individuals who require specific training interventions to assist them to re-enter the labour market.
- Evening Courses
Evening courses are generally delivered in Training Centres and take place 1 or 2 evenings per week. The majority of courses are typically between 5 and 10 weeks. Evening courses are open to all persons (both employed and unemployed) however there is a fee for people in employment. Fee paying clients must apply directly to the Training Centre delivering the course. Non-fee paying clients (unemployed persons) must apply through their local DSP Employment Services Office.
Further information on Training Programmes
Search for a course in your location
Under certain conditions, SOLAS provides financial support in the form of Allowances to assist with its programmes, for example Training, Travel, Accommodation and Meals.
SOLAS is a registered organisation with the Garda Central Vetting Unit (GCVU) which "makes criminal history vetting disclosures to registered organisations in respect of, inter alia, prospective employees, volunteers, students on placement, and trainees who would have substantive, unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults." This policy concerns SOLAS' role as a provider of training and employment programmes, in particular in relation to the eligibility and recruitment of potential participants or trainees working or training to work with children and/or vulnerable adults*.
Learner Information Documents for Garda Vetting.
*'Vulnerable adults' refers to elderly people or people with disabilities in the context of Garda Vetting in SOLAS.