Information About Skillnets

About Skillnets

Skillnets’ main role is the promotion and facilitation of work-based training and up-skilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness and economic recovery.

Skillnets was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES). It is a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act.

The company works within the terms of its mandate and funding agreement with DES set in place in 2011. The funding agreement makes provision for funding from the National Training Fund (NTF) at the discretion of DES within the annual budgetary estimates process. 

What we do

Skillnets funds groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses and a limited amount of free training to job-seekers. 

Skillnets manages four main training programmes:

  • Training Networks Programme (TNP) supports training across a wide range of industry sectors and geographical regions.
  • Finuas Networks Programme (Finuas) supports specialised training for the international financial services sector.
  • ManagementWorks supports a range of management development training opportunities along with mentoring support for SME managers. 
  • Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP) supports training courses and work placements for unemployed people. 

For more information on each of these programmes visit Our Training Programmes page.


Our constitution

Skillnets amended its constitution comprising its Memorandum and Articles of Association, following the passing into law of the Companies Act 2014.


Our organisational structure

The Board of Directors and Committees

Skillnets is controlled by a Board of Directors representing various stakeholders in the business. The Board of Skillnets Services DAC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Skillnets that runs the ManagementWorks programme, has the same directors as that of Skillnets.

Members of the Skillnets Board and the Board Sub-Committees

Terms of reference of the Board and of each of the Committees of the Board

The Board comprises thirteen non-executive directors:

  • The Chairman nominated by Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec).
  • Six business/employer representatives nominated by Ibec - 3, Small Firms Association (SFA) - 1, Construction Industry Federation (CIF) - 1, and Chambers Ireland - 1
  • Three employee representatives nominated by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions
  • Three representatives nominated by the Minister of Education and Skills.

The Board is supported by three committees:

Audit Committee

Responsible for the oversight of Skillnets’ audit and control function, including financial reporting and accounting, external audit, regulatory compliance, the effectiveness of the internal control environment and processes, and risk management.

Finance and General Purpose Committee

Responsible for reviewing matters of a strategic financial nature and major corporate issues, including operational effectiveness, development and implementation of the statement of strategy, HR and related matters, annual budget and application of public funds. 

Evaluation and Performance Monitoring Committee

Responsible for reviewing assessments of grant funding proposals and to make recommendations on funding proposals to the Board.

Management and operational structure

Skillnets organisation chart

Skillnets, although a public body is a private company and staff of the organisation are not public servants. Accordingly there are no set pay scales or grades applicable to the positions noted.


Corporate plans and strategies

Skillnets' existing strategic plan covers the period ending 31 December 2019.

Further information on the strategic direction may be found on the Statement of Strategy page.


Location and contact details

The Skillnets head office is based in Sandyford, Dublin - Our location and directions.

Skillnets training networks are based in various locations nationwide - List and contact details for training networks.

For details on how to submit a complaint see Skillnets Complaints Procedure.

The standards of service we aim to provide to our clients is outlined in the Skillnets Customer Charter.



Enterprise Led Learning and Training Networks

5th Floor, Q House, 76 Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, Ireland.

+353 1 2079630