Empowering Digital Literacy in Ireland: A SOLAS and ICDL Collaboration


SOLAS, the statutory authority for Further Education and Training (FET) in Ireland, operates as an integral agency under the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). Established in 2013, SOLAS plays a pivotal role in steering, funding, and coordinating further education and training activities throughout Ireland. The agency is committed to enhancing the skills and capabilities of learners, addressing the diverse needs of individuals from various sectors of society. 

Synergy and Collaboration with ICDL: 

SOLAS has forged a robust relationship with the ICDL Foundation through its national online learning service, SOLAS eCollege. Since its inception, SOLAS eCollege has proudly served as an accredited ICDL test centre. This collaboration has enabled thousands of learners to attain ICDL certification, catering to a broad spectrum of individuals, including those seeking employment, those transitioning careers, and those currently employed looking to upskill or reskill. The partnership between SOLAS and ICDL reflects a commitment to fostering digital literacy and empowering individuals with essential skills for the modern workforce. 

In a significant development in 2023, SOLAS eCollege expanded its ICDL portfolio, offering a comprehensive selection of ICDL modules available in Ireland. This expansion allows learners to craft personalized learning pathways, tailoring their ICDL course of study to align with their specific interests. Whether focusing on office productivity, digital design, marketing, or other areas, learners can choose from module-sets within the ICDL Workforce or ICDL Insights programs. This flexibility extends to the option of selecting individual modules, providing a versatile and adaptable learning experience. 

SOLAS eCollege facilitates this dynamic learning approach by delivering ICDL interactive online content, accessible through their platform. Learners benefit from the flexibility to study at their own pace, fitting education seamlessly into their daily routines. To support learners in their educational journey, eCollege tutors offer additional assistance, ensuring that students receive the necessary guidance to complete their studies successfully and progress towards achieving ICDL certification. This integration of ICDL modules into SOLAS courses exemplifies a commitment to providing relevant and accessible education, meeting the evolving needs of learners in the digital age. 

For more information visit ecollege.ie. 

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