Skillnets Annual Report 2016

20 July 2017 

Skillnets Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2016 Highlights Report 2016

2016 was a positive year for Skillnets. Funding levels were increased, and due to a continued demand for specialised talent our membership grew by 11%, with over 14,000 Irish businesses participating with our 63 training networks. A growing demand for the Skillnets offering was also apparent through the 50,000 trainees that participated in our programmes last year.

All Skillnets-funded programmes are subjected to independent evaluation each year. Preliminary results from the independent evaluation of 2016 programmes, given within this report, evidence the wide range of benefits experienced by businesses participating in our networks. 89% of businesses reported that being a member of a Skillnet had addressed skills gaps within their organisation. The full results from the independent evaluation will be available later this year.

In 2016, we launched our Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 which contains ambitious action that will enable us make the optimum contribution to the national skills agenda. Our strategy is also closely aligned to the National Skills Strategy and the Action Plan for Education. Implementation of actions is well underway and will remain a priority for our organisation in the coming years.

This report also captures some of the accomplishments from the past year that reflect both the commitment and innovation of the Skillnets community.