Skillnets is committed to its role in the promotion and facilitation of work-based training and upskilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland's national competitiveness.
Skillnets funds and facilitates training through networks of private sector companies, in a range of sectors and regions. Each network delivers training that is relevant to specific industry sectors or regions and member company needs.
Skillnets clients are members of the public with whom we interact with at different levels. This includes a wide variety of stakeholders such as training networks and their contracting organisations.
In fulfilling our role, we are committed to providing all our clients with a high standard of service in accordance with the principles of Quality Customer Service approved by Government.
This charter sets out the standards of service we aim to provide to our clients.
Contact by Telephone
If you contact us by telephone we will endeavour to:
- answer your call as promptly as possible;
- be courteous and helpful to you at all times;
- enable you to speak to the person who will be of most help to you;
- answer your query in full;
- take your details and call you back as soon as possible, if we cannot answer your query immediately;
- respond to all voicemail messages promptly;
If you send us a letter or email we will endeavour to:
- ensure you receive a full reply within 7 working days;
- advise you who will deal with your enquiry and their contact details;
- write to you explaining why and tell you when you can expect a full reply;
- write to you in simple and clear language and avoid using jargon or technical terms unless absolutely necessary.
Visitors to the Office
If you visit us in person we will endeavour to:
- treat you with courtesy, respect your privacy and be fair in our dealings with you;
- meet you at the agreed time if you have made an appointment with us
- provide appropriate and accessible facilities for meetings if you have made an appointment;
- keep our offices clean and tidy, ensuring that they meet health and safety standards.
Complaints/Appeals to Skillnets
If you complain to Skillnets about our behaviour or actions or decisions we will deal with your complaint in accordance with our complaints system, which is available to view here. We will endeavour to:
- acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days;
- tell you how long complaints of this type usually take to examine;
- tell you who will be dealing with your complaint;
- keep you advised of progress on your case;
- inform you as promptly as possible and as clearly as possible of the outcome of the examination.
Our policy and procedures for the handling of complaints against us is set out in our Skillnets FOI Manual.
Equality / Diversity
- We are committed to providing a service to all clients that upholds their rights to equal treatment established by equality legislation.
- We will aim to ensure that our services and facilities are accessible to all our clients, including those with special needs.
Help Us to Help You
You can help us as we try to give you a high quality service by:
- stating your complaint as clearly and as concisely as you can;
- ensuring that you send us copies of key supporting documents when submitting your complaint;
- quoting any relevant reference number in all communications with us;
- treating our staff courteously, as you would wish to be treated yourself;
- making comments or suggestions about the service you receive.
Consultation and Feedback
We are proud of our reputation of being open and flexible and always try to improve the way we go about our task. We welcome your observations on this charter and on how we can improve our service. If you have any feedback on this charter, Skillnets or any of services we/our networks provide please let us know by filling out our feedback form.
Complaints to the Ombudsman about us
If you feel that you have been unfairly treated or are not satisfied with our decision on your complaint, it is open to you to contact the Office of the Ombudsman. By law the Ombudsman can investigate complaints about any of our administrative actions or procedures as well as delays or inaction in your dealings with us. The Ombudsman provides an impartial, independent and free dispute resolution service. More information about how to make a complaint to the Ombudsman may be found on the Ombudsman website www.ombudsman.gov.ie
Where to Get More Information
This charter is available in electronic format on our website www.skillnets.ie where details regarding our other services, policies and contact information are also available.
Where to find us:
Our full contact details are available on the Contact Us page. Our address is, 5th Floor, Q House, Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18, D18 E268.Tel: + 353 1 2079630