- State agency, Skillnets, shows 11% rise in training uptake by Irish firms, according to an independent evaluation published by Indecon
- Demand for in-employment training grows from SMEs as job-seeker training falls
- 42% of SMEs have already seen impact from exchange rate fluctuations as a result of Brexit
- 21.7% of financial firms see Brexit as a significant opportunity
- Training and up-skilling recommended as key levers to help firms deal with challenges and opportunities presented by Brexit
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.
- Skillnets and Dublin Institute of Technology launch new collaboration to aid Irish SMEs
- SMEs to have access to the very latest research that can inform training and skills requirements
- Conference tomorrow (May 30) marks the start of better co-operation between industry, academics and development agencies.
Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD, joins Skillnets Chairman Brendan McGinty and Chief Executive Paul Healy for official launch of Skillnets’ new networks.
Skillnets, the national enterprise-led agency with responsibility for the promotion and facilitation of training networks, launched four new networks today to address the emerging skills needs in the MedTech, Design, Hospitality, and Freight and Logistics sectors. In addition, funding for more new Skillnets networks in 2017 was announced.
Skillnets – the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks – has announced details of a new training fund that will support private sector businesses with the growth and competitiveness agenda by addressing their current and future skills needs.
An independent evaluation conducted by Indecon concluded that more than 750 jobs* were created across all companies participating in ManagementWorks, a Skillnets management development programme for SMEs. These results were achieved in 2015, and participating companies attributed the success either directly or indirectly to participation in the programme.
Meeting the future skills needs of Irish small- and medium-sized businesses and responding to the challenges and opportunities of Brexit will be key priorities for Skillnets, the enterprise-led agency with responsibility for the promotion and facilitation of workplace training and up-skilling, in the coming years, according to the agency’s Chairman, Brendan McGinty.
Skillnets launches public consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016-2019
Developing the skills of businesses and strengthening economic growth continued to be key priorities for Skillnets at the launch of the public consultation for its Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 this week.
Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks, has appointed Paul Healy as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr Healy brings strong expertise in HR, Learning and Development to the role, and over 20 years of experience in commercial environments.
Skillnets announces fund to help employers address skill needs
Skillnets - the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks – has announced details of a new training fund worth nearly half a million euro (€450,000), aimed at assisting private sector businesses to grow, by addressing their current and future skills needs.
SMEs are showing improved signs of staff investment and expansion. That’s the message from Skillnets - the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks - as it launched its Annual Report for 2014 today.
In the last 12 months, over 18,300 jobseekers and 2,100 businesses have accessed the Government’s Skills To Work website to find out about government skills programmes. These statistics have been published as the Skills To Work campaign celebrates its one year anniversary this week.
The main aim of Skills To Work is to make it easier for both jobseekers and employers to easily access information on training options available to them.
Skillnets – the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks – has announced details today (28.01.15), of a new training fund aimed at private sector companies to assist businesses in addressing their current and future skills needs.
Skillnets – the enterprise-led agency with responsibility for the promotion and facilitation of workplace training and up-skilling – has announced the appointment of its new board Chairman.
SMEs that participate in Skillnets training networks are well equipped to address skills gaps within their business. That’s one of the findings of a new evaluation of Skillnets, the agency working with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.
Skillnets - the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks - has reported a record in the number of training days delivered in 2013. It also saw a rise in the number of people who participated in training programmes. The majority of training was delivered to employees in small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The results are contained in Skillnets’ Annual Report for 2013, published today (25.06.14).
Skillnets - the enterprise training and upskilling body - has reported a busy and challenging year during 2013.
Skillnets has developed seven new training networks and it is being tasked by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, to deliver a new programme “Building Financial Capability” for the SME sector.
Indecon Economic Consultants Independent Evaluation of Skillnets
Despite very challenging labour market conditions 95% of individuals who undertook employee training with Skillnets programme have remained in employment.
The Skillnets Annual Report 2012 published today, reports that in 2012 the national skills agency delivered significant increases in the numbers of employees and job-seekers trained. The total numbers in receipt of training was up by 10% on 2011 figures, and represented an increase of 17% on training days delivered. The level of training supported by Skillnets exceeded annual targets and was delivered through a number of programmes focusing on a wide variety of training options representing specific industry sectors key to Ireland’s future economic growth.
Today Skillnets, the national training and upskilling body briefed the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation about the effectiveness and relevance of the Skillnets enterprise-led model for current and future skills needs of enterprise and the workforce; the appropriate use of “conversion courses” as an effective policy response in filling skills gaps and labour market activation; and the importance of boosting the management capability of our SME owners and managers to sustain and grow their businesses.
Skillnets, the national training and upskilling body, announced details today (28.01.13) of a new training fund aimed at private sector companies. The €500,000 fund is open for applications until 30th April 2013.
Groups of companies must join together to form a network to apply for funding. Networks hoping to receive funding under the new round must complete an online registration form by 31st March before then submitting a complete application by the 30th April deadline.
Skillnets, the national training and upskilling body, significantly expanded its reach over the past 12 months: in addition to its ongoing work in the area of training for employees, the organisation increased its focus on programmes for job-seekers and owner-managers during 2012.
Independent Evaluation of Skillnets training programmes 2011 published
Evaluation demonstrates: 951 people were taken off the live register, 1,211 new jobs were created and 97% of companies report training has helped to fill skill gaps
An independent evaluation of Skillnets training programmes 2011 published today, reports a return on investment (ROI) of 258% to the exchequer, with 951 people taken off the live register as a direct result of training and another 1,211 new jobs created through member companies participation in training.
The Skillnets Annual Report 2011 published today, reports that in 2011 €22.6 million was invested in developing the skills of over 42,113 people in Ireland. Skillnets supports training networks across the country with resources and expertise to design and deliver training solutions that contribute to competiveness and the employability of employees and job-seekers. €12.1 million was invested from the National Training Fund (NTF) and €10.5 million from companies. Trainees benefitted from over 221,682 training days, delivered by 72 Skillnet ne
Skillnets, a state-funded, enterprise-led support body that has facilitated enterprise training since 1999, has announced that it is investing up to €250,000 into the immediate provision of training for former TalkTalk employees. Training programmes will commence today (17.10.11) and most will include a work placement. It is intended that the training will hone the skills of former employees to enable them to take up employment opportunities in other specialist call centres around the country and in other sectors in the south-east region.
The Skillnets Annual Report 2010 reports that in 2010 €17.3 million was invested in developing the skills of over 39,000 people in Ireland. Skillnets proactively responds to enterprise needs by focusing on facilitating the changing needs of employers through best practice training, while simultaneously meeting the needs of the unemployed. €8.4 million was invested from the National Training Fund (NTF) and €8.9 million from companies. Trainees benefitted from over 185,000 training days, delivered by over 60 Skillnet networks across the country.
An evaluation report launched today by Mr. Ciarán Cannon T.D., Minister for Training and Skills, on a pilot programme run by Skillnets at the end of 2010 for 279 job-seekers, reported that one in five trainee’s secured employment within 4-8 weeks of completing the Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP). This programme was aimed solely at unemployed people and key features were the provision of skills which are in demand by industry combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements.
€14.5 million has been allocated from the National Training Fund (NTF) to Skillnets Ltd.
Companies continue to invest in training despite recessionary times – Over 40,000 workers trained through Skillnets Training Networks Programme (TNP) in 2009
Skillnets Ltd. today called for Irish companies to come together to form training networks to address common training needs and benefit from a new round of grant funding to upskill their employees in 2010. Skillnets will co-fund training networks, with money from the National Training Fund (NTF), on a 50:50 basis with enterprises.