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FÁS Training Support

FÁS - the Training and Employment Authority may grant-aid attendance on National College of Ireland courses by qualified applicants under the FÁS Training Support Scheme.

Applications for grant aid must be made to FÁS before attendance on the course. Grants are paid only after course completion and are subject to availability of funds. Firms employing up to 500 persons in manufacturing, internationally traded services, physical distribution, wholesale, retail and motor sectors who intend to sponsor their personnel on National College of Ireland programmes should contact their local FÁS Services to Industry Office to obtain information on the Scheme conditions and level of grant aid permissible.

Eligible Sectors

Training of people in employment in the private sector and commercial state bodies in the public sector is eligible for financial support.nbsp; Employees in the Engineering Departments of Local Authorities are also eligible. 

Eligible Activity

Training programmes that provide participants with portable and transferable skills. 

Excluded Sectors

  • Primary Agriculture Sectoral Training – provided by Teagasc;
  • Hotel & Tourism Sectoral Training – provided by Fáilte ;
  • Civil Service and Non-Commercial State Bodies e.g. IDA, Teagasc, Enterprise ;
  • Community and Voluntary Organisations, the majority of whose funding is received from FÁS or other Community Support mechanism
  • Mandatory Training e.g. Safe Pass, CSCS;
  • Local Authorities (excluding Engineering Departments).;


Excluded Activity

  • Conferences, seminars and workshops.
  • Specific training to meet individual company needs


FAS criteria

These programmes are eligible for funding under the FAS Competency Development Programme (CDP). The subsidy is available to participants from private sector companies up to 250* employees in the following sectors: business related services, insurance, auctioneering, advertising, public relations, environmental, information communications technology, chemicals, pharmaceutical, clothing, footwear, textiles, construction, contract cleaning, engineering, electronics, film/TV, food/drink, logistics, software, transport, motor, printing, paper/packaging, retail, wholesale.

(*The total employment is calculated by adding together the numbers employed in all branches, subsidiaries, associate and holding companies in ROI).

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