The Government has given the green light to a new education and training authority which will be called SOLAS.

It will replace FAS which will be disbanded.

Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinnl said the move would ensure the provision of high quality further education and training programmes for the unemployed.

SOLAS stands for Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna.

Functions previously carried out by FÁS will now be taken over on a 50-50 basis by both the Department of Social Protection and Education.

The Department of Social Protection will take responsibility for programmes such as the community employment schemes, while further education and training areas will go to the Department of Education and Skills.

There will also be a bigger role for the VECs, which will control the running of many courses currently provided by FÁS.

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