This summer, business leaders from across the South East gathered in Kilkenny to explore how best to build greater management capacity within their businesses. The gathering took place in the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny at a learning and development conference co-hosted by Waterford Chamber Skillnet, County Tipperary Skillnet and Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet. Over one hundred delegates from small, medium and large enterprises in counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and Tipperary attended the conference.
Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnets, opened the event and urged businesses to take up the support available to them through their local Skillnets-funded training networks. “Skillnets provides funding to over sixty training networks; they in turn provide learning and development expertise, subsidised training and networking opportunities to many businesses throughout Ireland. Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a key priority for Skillnets and its networks. Whether it is strategy, sales, process improvement, succession planning, or scaling a business, there is a clear requirement for Skillnets to ensure the ongoing provision of effective management development.” He also stressed the importance of high-quality learning interventions that lead to real business impact. “We are committed to making training effectiveness, impact and relevance core to Skillnets activities. The event showcased best practice approaches to designing and delivering management programmes that have been proven to deliver positive outcomes for the participants and their businesses.”
The key topics on the day were leadership, coaching, succession planning, programme design and use of technology to support learning.
Delegates enjoyed case study presentations from local businesses including Mick Kelly, Simply Workflow, Carlow; Kevin Clonisk, Abbott, Tipperary; Helen Barry, Simplify HR, Waterford; and Ann O’Mahony, Morgan McKinley, Waterford and many more.
Grace Power, Learning and Development at SE2, who attended the event, said “It was great to see so many businesses in the South East attending an event like this and sharing their experience. It suggests to me that business owners and managers in the region are ambitious about the future and are looking for ways to build their management teams.”
Pictured at the conference: Sabrina Guida, County Tipperary Skillnet; Sara Mullally, Waterford Chamber Skillnet; Paul Healy, Skillnets; and Ashling Ward, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet.