Wednesday 13 December 2017

We need a common labour policy for both work sectors

Trying to rejig organisations like Fas that are hellbent on staying the same is futile, writes Celia Larkin

FAS by any other name. That's all it is. The rebranding and reorganising of Fas into Solas, and the sharing of its functions between the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Education and Skills, will have no impact on the effectiveness of the new organisation unless there is a cultural shift from within.

From what I can gather the personnel will remain the same -- headquarters staff in corporate support functions and a number of senior regional Training Services Division management will remain as the staff of Solas, but the parent department will vary. Oh, and the type of jobs people will be trained for will be more "responsive to the needs of learners and the requirements of a changed and changing economy". Was that not what Fas was set up for in the first place?

What I'd like to know is how much it will cost just to change the stationery, website and directory information for the new organisation, given that nothing else of substance seems to be any different.

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