About Skillnets

About Skillnets

Skillnets was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES). It is a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act.

Skillnets’ main role is the promotion and facilitation of work-based training and up-skilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness and economic recovery.

Skillnets actively supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs.

We fund groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses. 

Employer needs are addressed through both the preservation and growth of jobs, focusing on skills to maintain businesses and protect jobs as well as the enhancement of new skills to create new jobs.

The needs of unemployed people are addressed through activation and conversion by focusing on integrated training with employees and dedicated conversion courses and work placement in areas of employment potential.

Skillnets manages four main training programmes:

  • Training Networks Programme (TNP) supports training across a wide range of industry sectors and geographical regions. IT  supports training for employees, mostly the delivery of training but also the development of new programme content.
  • ManagementWorks supports a range of management development training opportunities along with mentoring support for SME managers. 
  • Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP) supports training courses and work placements for unemployed people. 
  • Finuas Networks Programme (Finuas) supports specialised training for the international financial services sector.


Skillnet Networks in the Western Region include:

Galway Executive Skillnet: Network Manager - Liz Cassidy

Gréasán na MeánSkillnet: Network Manager - Maria Griffin

HPSU Skillnet: Network Manager - Philip Kelly

ITAG Skillnet: Network Manager - Dee Timoney

Role Skillnet: Network Manager - Michael Gilmartin