Government urges businesses to ‘think talent’ with Skillnet campaign


Paul Healy, managing director of Skillnet Ireland, said the organization’s courses could help companies build talent pools in key areas.

The Irish government is making over 3,000 skills programs available to businesses in in-demand areas such as AI, cybersecurity, energy management, supply chain and logistics, fintech, agriculture, retail, aviation, robotics, animation, advanced design and manufacturing.

The programs, many of which are accredited courses, will be run by the government’s business support agency, Skillnet Ireland. All 3,000 programs will roll out as part of Skillnet’s new fall schedule.

There are over 70 Skillnet business networks operating nationwide. They offer subsidized talent development programs to businesses of all sizes, from sole traders to large employers.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD, launched the new campaign yesterday (September 12).

“Talent development is key to driving business success and Skillnet Ireland has an excellent track record of partnering with businesses to understand their skills needs,” he said.

“This campaign and the wide range of development programs available this fall will help a record number of companies ensure they have the right talent in place now and in the future.”

Paul Healy, managing director of Skillnet Ireland, also highlighted the importance of helping companies maintain their talent pools with skills courses.

“As companies face significant challenges in staying competitive, it has never been more essential to ‘think talent’. Our national campaign invites businesses of all sizes to think about how the right skills can help them thrive. Whether it’s driving innovation, tackling digitalization or building sustainability skills, our Skillnet business networks and other talent initiatives will help companies along this path. .

Some of the courses offered include a Higher Engineering Diploma in Automation and Digital Manufacturing from Cobotic Skillnet; a Masters in Artificial Intelligence from Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet; a Masters of Engineering in Manufacturing Digitization from the Irish Medtech Skillnet; an Energy Leaders program from Skillnet Ireland Climate Ready Academy; and a Masters in Innovation in FinTech from Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet.

More information about Skillnet’s new talent campaign and how the agency can help companies develop the skills of their staff can be found on its website.

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