FAQs

If you have any particular questions, they may be answered in our series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.

If not, please contact us at info@skillnets.com.

General FAQs

What does Skillnets do?

Established in 1999, Skillnets is a government initiative that funds and facilitates training through training networks of private sector companies who operate in the same sector or region and have similar training needs. Each training network delivers subsidised training to its member companies. Many of our training networks also deliver free training to unemployed people.  Skillnets currently funds a wide range of training networks in the Republic of Ireland.

Skillnets manages the following programmes:

  • Training Networks Programme (TNP) is the main Skillnets programme. The programme supports training across a wide range of industry sectors and geographical regions.
  • Finuas Networks Programme (Finuas) supports specialised training in the international financial services (IFS) sector. www.finuas.ie
  • Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP) supports training and work placements exclusively for unemployed people. View the training and work placements section for more information.
  • ManagementWorks supports a range of management development training opportunities along with mentoring support for SME managers. www.managementworks.ie

Who funds Skillnets?

Skillnets is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF)  through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

What funding is available at the moment?

There is funding available for groups of private sector enterprise that are interested in setting up a new training network in their sector/region.

Look at our funding for new networks page for more information on how to apply.

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What is a Skillnets training network?

A Skillnets training network is a group of private sector companies, based in Ireland, who operate in the same sector/region.  These companies come together to carry out training-related activities that may not be possible on their own. The training networks are funded by Skillnets to deliver grant aided training and the companies also contribute matching funding. Many Skillnets training networks also offer free places on some of their courses to unemployed people.

Find a training network near you.

I am a training provider; can I be on the Skillnets list of approved training providers?

Skillnets does not have a recommended list of training providers. Training providers must contact training networks directly to enquire about offering their services. Each training network publicly tender for training services each year and successful training providers are added to a panel for that network.

ManagementWorks, the management development training network operated directly by Skillnets, follows the same procurement guidelines as other Skillnets training networks. View the current panel of ManagementWorks providers.

Find a training network near you.

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Employed FAQs

What are the benefits of training with a Skillnets training network?

1. Cost

As an employee you can attend a range of Skillnets courses at no cost to yourself - all costs are paid by your company and Skillnets.

2. Relevant courses

Skillnets training networks, and the courses they provide, are industry-led so you can:

  • Attend courses that are needed by, and relevant to, not only your company but also wider industry
  • Enhance your knowledge of current market trends in your sector/region
  • Open up career progression and development paths
  • Achieve new, relevant work qualifications

3. Networking

By training with employees from other companies you can:

  • Create new business contacts
  • Benefit from shared knowledge and networking

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Do I have to join a training network to avail of training?

No, the company you work for joins the training network, so that you can avail of subsidised training.  Membership costs vary from network to network but in some cases it is free for your company to join and in others there is an annual fee. Once you have found a course that you are interested in, contact the training network that is running the course to find out about membership costs.

Find a training course.

Are there any restrictions on the type of company that can join a training network?

Only private sector or commercial semi-state enterprises can be member companies that avail of training through a Skillnets training network.

The following cannot avail of training as member companies:

  • Public sector organisations
  • Charity or Not-for-Profit Organisations
  • Companies based outside the Republic of Ireland

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I work in the public sector. Can I attend Skillnets training courses?

No. Public sector employees cannot attend Skillnets training courses as public sector organisations are not eligible to be member companies of a Skillnets training network.

Company FAQs

Why should my company join a training network?

Since 1999, nearly 70,000 Irish companies have become members of Skillnets training networks and have benefited from flexible, relevant and cost effective training for their employees.

By investing in staff training with Skillnets, your company will benefit from training that is:

  • Cost efficient - subisidised by Skillnets and our training networks have better buying power
  • Relevant - you can request the training your company/staff needs
  • Convenient - delivered at a time and a location that suits member companies
  • Of high quality - networks source the best and most relevant training providers
    Find a network near you.

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How does my company join a training network?

To join a Skillnets training network get in touch with the network manager of the training network you are interested in.
Find a network near you.

How much will it cost my company to join a training network?

It varies from network to network but in some cases it is free for a company to join and in others there is an annual membership fee. Contact the training network that you are interested in joining directly to find out about membership costs.
Find a network near you.

Are there any restrictions on the type of company that can join a training network?

Only private sector or commercial semi-state companies can join a Skillnets training network.
The following cannot become member companies of a training network:

  • Public sector organisations
  • Charity or not-for-profit organisations
  • Companies based outside the Republic of Ireland

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Unemployed FAQs

What are the benefits of training with a Skillnets training network?

1. Cost

If you are unemployed you can attend a range of Skillnets training courses for free. Eligibility criteria apply.

2. Relevant courses

Skillnets training networks, and the training courses they provide, are industry-led so you can:

  • Attend training courses that provide the skills that Irish companies are looking for
  • Enhance your knowledge of current trends and developments in your sector/region
  • Open up career progression and development paths
  • Take part in certified training courses, where applicable

3. Networking

By training with employees from Irish companies, you can:

  • Make new business contacts
  • Improve your potential for employment through training and networking

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I am currently unemployed. Can I apply for funding for training?

Skillnets does not provide funding directly to any individuals. However, we have a range of courses that are free to attend if you are unemployed.

Find a training course.

I am currently unemployed. Can I attend Skillnets-funded training courses?

Firstly, you should read our eligibility criteria to see if you are eligible.

If you are eligible, you have two types of courses that you can apply for: 

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Enterprise Led Learning and Training Networks

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