7 November 2016 


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Pictured at the launch of the Skillnets' Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 (03.11.16): Caption Middle Photo: Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD; Skillnets’ Chief Executive, Paul Healy, and Skillnets’ Chairman, Brendan McGinty. Skillnets delivers enterprise-led subsidised training programmes nationally.

Skillnets recently launched its four-year strategy to support the growth and development of Irish businesses. Skillnets provide subsidised, enterprise-led training programmes nationally through over 60 learning networks in a range of regions and sectors.  Each learning network is a cluster of companies from the same sector or geographical location. Skillnet networks offer enterprise a complete training solution, from working with them to identify training needs and creating/sourcing training courses, to training delivery and evaluation.

Skillnets supports small and medium-sized businesses to develop their staff in a range of sectors, including food and drink, medical devices and life sciences, ICT technology, engineering, manufacturing, agribusiness, professional services, retail and hospitality.

Skillnets’ Statement of Strategy 2016-19 was launched by the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton T.D. who stated that “Recognising that the war for talent is now one of the most important factors for job-creation, ambitious action to increase our skills supply must be a priority. We must ensure that we continue to increase the skills supply, by offering up-skilling and re-skilling opportunities, which will be vital if we are to reach our target to create 200,000 additional new jobs by 2020.” 

Skillnets feels well placed to meet this challenge with Chairman Brendan McGinty stating that “Skillnets model is embedded in enterprise and we are flexible in our approach to enterprise-led training. We can move quickly to address skills needs across Irish business and respond to these ever-changing demands.”

 “Over the next four years, Skillnets will play a pivotal role in maintaining a supply of the specific skills and future skills that impact the growth potential and competitiveness of Irish enterprise.” Paul Healy, Skillnets CEO.