Companies don’t make the most of subsidised training

Strategic role...Minister Richard Bruton.
Strategic role...Minister Richard Bruton.

More than 1,000 companies in the Galway region availed of subsidised enterprise-led training through Skillnet Networks last year.

Skillnet Ireland’s annual report for 2017 highlights that only one in 17 Irish companies (6%) took advantage of subsidised training with Skillnet Ireland in 2017, with nearly 50,000 trainees undertaking training. 7% of companies who undertook training through Skillnet learning networks were based in Galway with 3,659 employees receiving subsidised training.

There was also a 7% increase in the number of Galway-based companies (1,089) who engaged with Skillnet Ireland training since 2016.

The annual report also reveals that the number of businesses who accessed training through Skillnet Ireland networks in 2017 grew by 5%, with over 15,000 businesses investing in their staff across a range of sectors (e.g. Services 40%, Agri-business 26%, Manufacturing 7%). 94% of the member companies that benefited from investment in training through Skillnet Ireland were SMEs.

“Skillnet Ireland plays a key, strategic role in providing for the needs of our workforce and reached nearly 50,000 learners through its learning network in 2017. We have increased funding to Skillnet Ireland by almost 20% for the current year to reflect the importance of this work,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton.

“The promotion of lifelong learning and adapting to technological advances has always been at the core of workforce development. Ensuring that we are ‘future proofed’ to meet new skills challenges, is a critical part of delivering on our ambition to make Ireland’s education and training service the best in Europe by 2026.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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