Disbanded FAS to be replaced by new body SOLAS
The Government has given the green light to the establishment of a new education and training authority.
Called SOLAS, it will replace FAS, which is to be disbanded.
Roles previously carried out by FAS will now be shared evenly between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Education.
The Department of Social Protection will take over programmes such as the community employment schemes.
And further education and training will go to the Department of Education & Skills.
There will be a bigger role too for VECs, which will now take over the running of some courses currently run by FAS.
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said its mandate would be to ensure the provision of ''high-quality further education and training programmes to jobseekers and other learners''.
He said unemployed people would be entitled to their benefits providing they took up a training course with SOLAS.
And he added that the authority would provide courses that relate to new industries where jobs will be created.
SOLAS stands for Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanunaigh Agus Scileann.