Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.
We believe that training and up-skilling are key elements in keeping Irish companies competitive. We currently fund 65 training networks, supporting over 14,000 companies and 50,000 trainees across the country. Each training network funded by Skillnets is a cluster of companies from the same sector or geographical location, with similar training needs.
Member companies actively participate in determining their own training needs and how, when and where training will be facilitated. Programmes are optimised to suit the needs of employed learners, through both formal and informal learning that spans further education and higher education provision. Our networks foster cohesive and collaborative enterprise networking and provide a flexibility and nimbleness to respond to ever-changing skill demands, as well as allowing companies to achieve economies of scale and significant efficiencies in the provision of training to their staff.
Skillnets also facilitate a number of employment activation programmes that have a clear focus on areas where skills deficits have been highlighted by member companies and/or national and sectoral skills policy.
Skillnets was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).