Skillnets, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning, has announced details of a new training fund that will support private sector businesses with their growth and competitiveness agenda by addressing their current and future skills need.

Pictured at the launch of the Skillnets’ Annual Report 2016 are Skillnets’ Chief Executive, Paul Healy, and Skillnets’ Chairman, Brendan McGinty.
2016 was a positive year for Skillnets with over 14,000 businesses investing in their staff across a range of sectors through Skillnets. A growing demand for the Skillnets offering was evident with over 50,000 trainees participating across all of our programmes.

Pictured are: Dr. Anthony Buckley, DIT, Dr. Paul Davis, DCU, Paul Healy, Skillnets CEO, Professor Brian Norton, DIT President, Prof. Helen McGuirk, CIT, Dr. Deirdre McQuillan, University of Bradford, Dr. Claire McBride, DIT, Dr. Peter Robbins, Maynooth University, Dr. Brian Harvey, DCU, and Dr. Lawrence Dooley, Cork University Business School.

National Organic Training Skillnet (NOTS) received the award for the Best Learning and Development Organisation (Network & Groups) in Ireland at the annual Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) Awards, which took place in the Killashee House Hotel in Kildare in March.

Pictured at the launch of four new Skillnets networks for the medtech, design, hospitality and logistics sectors are Adrian Cummins, Restaurants & Hospitality Skillnet, Skillnets Chairman, Brendan McGinty, Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, Skillnets Chief Executive, Paul Healy, Denise O’Connor, Design Enterprise Skillnet, James Winters, Internet of Medical Things (IOMT) Skillnet, and Pat Treacy, CILT Skillnet.

Speaking at the launch of Skillnets' Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD said: “Recognising that the war for talent is now one of the most important factors for job-creation, ambitious action to increase our skills supply must be a priority. We must ensure that we continue to increase the skills supply, by offering up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities, which will be vital if we are to reach our target to create 200,000 additional new jobs by 2020.” 

Gréasán na Meán Skillnet gave Irish-speaking job-seekers an opportunity to become part of Ros na Rún, the television drama series set in rural Ireland that receives over 200,000 views a week. The network, in association with Ros na Rún, organised a number of one-day intensive acting workshops in the Connemara, Kerry and Donegal Gaeltachts last year. The workshops focused on acting for the camera. Through this ‘taster course’, participants undertook the journey from script to screen under the tutelage of a director.

Three new craft breweries, set up by graduates of Taste4Success Skillnet’s General Certificate in Brewing course for job-seekers, scooped a number of awards at the recent Alltech International Craft Brews & Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival. Pictured with Sara Breitenfeldt (centre), Beer Ireland, are Sarah Roarty, N17 Brewery, and Emma Devlin, Rascal’s Brewing, with the medals they won at the event.

“For so long my impossible dream was to work in the I.T. industry. Then by chance through Career Zoo I enrolled on the Job-seeker Support Programme ‘Desktop Support Technician’ course with Limerick Chamber Skillnet." Aniruddha Kar

Alan Wogan, Furniturelink International, participated in ISME Skillnet’s SME Sales and Marketing Management programme, provided by Griffith College Dublin and partially funded through the network. Furniturelink International was founded in 1983. The company is now a leading player in the Irish furniture import and distribution industry, employing 65 people.



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