The enactment of the Further Education and Training Act 2013 led to the dissolution of FAS and the establishment of SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority. SOLAS operates under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills in conjunction with the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETBs), and is responsible for the integration, co-ordination and funding of a wide range of further education and training programmes.
This new education and training structure led to the merger of Co. Longford VEC, Co. Westmeath VEC and the Midlands FÁS Training Centre into Longford and Westmeath ETB.
Educational courses are offered directly through the various further education and training services in locations throughout Longford and Westmeath for people from all sections in the community. Our courses cater for people who wish to improve their chances in the job market, to progress to further study, to develop a new skill or simply to become more involved in the community.
Our Adult and Community Education programmes aim to provide comprehensive, quality, inclusive and accessible courses, either full-time or part-time, which will cater for the needs of all adults in the community. Courses are delivered by qualified and dedicated staff who are always looking to develop the personal, vocational and academic skills of students and to encourage them to maximise their potential and to achieve their goals.
Courses generally lead to an award or certificate from Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the national awarding body. (These were formerly known as FETAC awards). Such awards offer pathways to employment and higher education and are nationally and internationally recognised.
LWETB welcomes the opportunity to expand upon the provision of its existing services and to play a role in the reformation of further education and training in Ireland. We believe education is a basic right for all and a powerful tool to achieve social inclusion in Ireland.