FÁS delivers an extensive range of training to a diverse range of clients including those entering the labour market for the first time, job changers, persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills, those changing careers, persons with a disability and early school leavers The following is an outline of programme types. Search here for a specific course.
Adult Day Courses
Day courses are designed to provide learners with a range of employability related skills and formal vocational qualifications to facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills.
Traineeships are occupational specific and industry endorsed training programmes which combine Training Centre and on-the-job elements leading to FETAC major awards mostly at levels 5 and 6 and/or industry recognised certification providing access to specific occupations in designated sectors. These programmes are targeted at occupations which are not designated as apprenticeships but entail significant skill requirements which are best acquired through a combination of alternating periods of on and off-the-job training.
Apprenticeship is the recognised means by which people are trained to become craftspeople in Ireland. The apprenticeship system typically consists of 3 off-the-job phases and 4 on-the-job phases. Generally the duration of an apprenticeship is four years. For further information on becoming or employing an apprentice please contact the Services to Business Office in your local FÁS Training Centre.
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) provides for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives within the construction sector. To apply for a place on a course please search here for a FÁS Approved Training Organisation. Further information is available on the Construction Skills Certification Scheme page.
Quarry Skills Certification Scheme
The Quarry Skills Certification Scheme (QSCS) provides for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives within the Quarrying sector. To apply for a place on a course please search here for a FÁS Approved Training Organisation. Further information is available on the Quarry Skills Certification Scheme page.
The Safe Pass programme is a one day Health and Safety Awareness Training Programme for construction workers. The programme aims to provide all workers in construction with a basic knowledge of health and safety so they can work on-site without being a risk to themselves or others. Construction workers are bound by law to hold a valid Safe Pass card. Application details can be found here.
Screen Training Ireland
FÁS Screen Training Ireland is a state-funded national training and development resource specifically created for Ireland’s film and television industry. It is a unique resource for the Irish screen industry, offering training by professionals for professionals. Apply via Screen Training Ireland website.
E-Learning at the Library
FÁS, in partnership with the Library Council of Ireland, have devised a foundation programme to make learning available to clients through their local library. The aim of the programme is to equip participants with the knowledge and basic concepts of information technology. This programme is open to all persons.
The Wider Horizons Programme targets disadvantaged unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 28 in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The aim of the programme is to promote mutual understanding and reconciliation between the two traditions in Northern Ireland and the Republic.
Community Training Centre (CTC)
FÁS works in partnership with 38 Community Training Centres to provide training and related services to early school leavers. The programme is for those aged 16-21 without a leaving cert/junior cert qualification that are having difficulty accessing employment and would like to gain a qualification.
Local Training Initiative (LTI)
The Local Training Initiatives programme is for 18-25 year olds and targets specific groups that may experience barriers accessing employment or mainstream training and education programmes.
Specialist Training Programme (STP)
FÁS contracts with 18 Specialist Training Providers in 47 centres country-wide to deliver training courses to people with disabilities who require more intensive support than would be available in non-specialist training provision.