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Skillnets welcomes €3.5m funding allocated in Budget to support up-skilling of staff to drive competitiveness

October 10, 2017 - 12:00am

Skillnets, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning, welcomed the budget increase of €3.5m announced today by the Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD. This represents an 19% increase in Skillnets funding to support private sector businesses with their skills and talent agenda. The increase underlines the important role of Skillnets in the development of the Irish workforce.

Major opportunity for businesses to transform their workforce through €1 million Skillnets fund

October 3, 2017 - 12:00am

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.

‘Accelerated economic recovery’ evidenced by increased investment in training but more required to deal with Brexit.

September 13, 2017 - 12:00am
  • 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

Sharp increase in numbers of Irish companies availing of training to improve competitiveness

July 18, 2017 - 12:00am

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 builds capacity for future skills in MedTech (Internet of Medical Things), Design, Hospitality and Logistics

March 3, 2017 - 12:00am

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’ Management Programme creates more than 750 jobs

December 12, 2016 - 12:00am

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. 

Skillnets highlights need for management skills in SMEs to deal with Brexit challenge

November 3, 2016 - 12:00am

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.

SMEs encouraged to grow their business with new training fund

January 18, 2016 - 12:00am

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.

Over 20,000 people have availed of the Government’s Skills To Work campaign

May 21, 2015 - 12:00am

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.

Report confirms that Skillnets is delivering for the SME sector

June 25, 2014 - 12:00am

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).

Despite very challenging labour market conditions 95% of individuals who undertook employee training with Skillnets programme have remained in employment.

September 16, 2013 - 12:00am

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.

86% of Irish companies involved in Skillnets training programmes in 2012 report training helped to fill skill gaps.

June 25, 2013 - 12:00am

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.

Skillnets briefs Oireachtas Committee on the effectiveness of partnership with enterprise in preserving and creating jobs

March 26, 2013 - 12:00am

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.

€500,000 Training Fund Available for the Private Sector - Skillnets launches call for applications

January 28, 2013 - 12:00am

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. 

Evaluation of Skillnets Programmes 2011

October 18, 2012 - 12:00am

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. 

97% of Irish companies involved in Skillnets training programmes in 2011 report training has helped to fill skill gaps.

June 25, 2012 - 12:00am

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

Former TalkTalk Workers to Commence Upskilling Programme

October 17, 2011 - 12:00am

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. 

€17.3 million invested in training over 39,000 people through Skillnets training programmes in 2010

July 4, 2011 - 12:00am

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.

One in five trainees secured employment within 4-8 weeks of completing the Skillnets Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP)

April 7, 2011 - 12:00am

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.

Real Skills for Real Recovery - Skillnets Ltd announces new funding for training

January 13, 2010 - 12:00am

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.


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