COVID Updates from Solas & Cisco

SOLAS eCollege – Message from Solas

As part of the SOLAS response eCollege courses are temporarily being made available free of charge as an additional support to those impacted by Covid-19 containment measures.

This measure is designed to benefit those already doing a FET course who would like to augment their learning and those who have recently become unemployed or had their hours reduced and who wish to upskill and reskill in digital skills. eCollege is funded by SOLAS, and offers fully online, tutor supported courses on improving digital skills, ICT, and some business skills courses.­

Applicants must be over 16 at the date of application. While courses are tutor supported, prospective learners should be aware that a good deal of independent study is required to reach certification standards. Please direct applicants to, they will find a full list of available courses by searching for the provider eCollege.

As noted above, this is a temporary measure and we will be monitoring on an ongoing basis to gauge demand. We are asking for you to assist us in promoting this access to eCollege amongst your network and client base.

We invite you to direct learners who may benefit from this service to for applications, or for further information on the courses available.

Please contact Ciara Ní Fhloinn in the National Innovation Unit at if you have any queries in relation to the provision of this service.

Cisco Webex remote working platform free

Cisco recently made their Webex remote working platform free to use and download in response to the outbreak. They have also launched a Covid-19 site with a suite of online advice ad user guides around best practices for best practices for working remotely, business continuity resources, and working remotely despite low connectivity/bandwidth.