Future Skills Programme


Skillnet Ireland is a champion for innovation in enterprise learning, playing an important role in maintaining a supply of the future skills essential for the growth of Irish enterprise.

Advances in technology, market shifts and changing demographics are among some of the constantly changing trends driving new skilling requirements for industry.

These trends, combined with disruptors such as robotics, artificial intelligence, big data and advanced manufacturing are accelerating the need to develop yet more innovative new programmes to meet the demands of industry. We are well positioned to provide effective solutions to many of these challenges by facilitating a collaboration between enterprise, Higher Education Institutes and industry training providers.

Our Future Skills Programme (FSP) facilitates such innovation and collaboration in new programme design and industry-based research on the future of work and learning. This programme also facilitates collaborations between enterprise, academic institutions and industry training providers to develop innovative new programmes that specifically address the future skills needs of businesses and emerging skills gaps within growth sectors.

A programme that encapsulates the above is the delivery of Irelands first Masters in Artificial Intelligence in collaboration with Technology Ireland ICT Skillnet. Other innovative programmes developed include new courses in the areas of Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT) Sustainable Finance, Animation, Software Product Management, Fintech, Cyber Security and Design Engineering for medical technologies. Enhancing SME management capacity is also a key priority for Skillnet Ireland and we also support the development of innovative new programmes in management development and leadership.


“The greatest benefit of becoming involved in a Skillnet Ireland network is that businesses get to create programmes that satisfy their needs that have never been in existence before. If they want to be competitive, getting involved gives businesses an advantage in terms of developing new programmes with their peer organisations. If businesses are not involved, they will miss out.”

Paul Sweetman, Director, Financial Services Ireland, Ibec

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