Skillnet Ireland announces €2m training fund to close widening work gap

Call...Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive and Galway native Paul Healy.

Skillnet Ireland, the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland has announced up to €2m worth of funding will be made available to industry bodies and enterprise groups to develop new Skillnet Networks.
The new enterprise-led learning networks will be launched in 2019 and will support Irish businesses in addressing their current and future skills needs.
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The funding is an effort to address rapid changes in the world of work which have seen people’s skills are becoming dated more quickly.
Advances in technology, market shifts, changing demographics, new regulation, and varied competitive forces are constantly driving skilling needs – and these challenges can be addressed by enterprise-led Skillnet learning networks which offer employers a flexible and innovative approach to upskilling and developing its workforce.
A group of businesses from the same sector or region can collectively apply to establish a Skillnet learning network with funding support for the development and delivery of innovative learning solutions.
The fund is open to applications from industry federations, industry bodies or enterprise groups through a competitive application process.
Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive and Galway native Paul Healy has urged enterprise groups to get ahead in business by working with Skillnet Ireland to develop innovative learning solutions.
“By making up to €2M in funding available for the development of new enterprise-led learning networks, Skillnet Ireland is helping more businesses in Ireland to collaborate, to develop talent pipelines and to assist in the upskilling of their teams,” he said.
“We are seeking to establish new Skillnet Networks, both sectoral and regional, that complement our existing 60+ networks.”
“Skillnet Ireland funds over 50 industry representative groups, supporting over 15,000 companies and 50,000 trainees annually.

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