Setting Up A New Network | Skillnet Ireland


8th November 2018


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Why apply to set up a Learning Network in your sector or region?


your business and other businesses in your sector or region to grow and to stay competitive.


from a wide range of relevant and cost-effective subsidised training, delivered by expert trainers.


to the development and growth of skills and job sustainability in your sector or region.

Setting up a Skillnet Learning Network

What companies are eligible to set up a Skillnet network?


Eligible Applicants must be an industry federation, industry body or other private sector enterprise group based in the Republic of Ireland. Enterprises within the network can be of any size, including sole traders. (Public/voluntary sector entities are ineligible)


How is a Skillnet Learning Network structured?


A Skillnet Network is a collection of private-sector businesses that collaborate to address skills needs within their sector or region or a combination of both. Each Skillnet Network is led by a voluntary Steering Group of industry representatives that focus on setting the strategic direction of the Learning Network. Network member companies span the full range of private sector industry sectors and can be enterprises of any size.

Further information on the network structure and funding model is available in the Application Form Guidelines (pdf) and/or by contacting a Skillnet Ireland Advisor.


How can we apply for funding to develop a NEW Skillnet?


Enterprise Groups need to present a strong business case to Skillnet Ireland on the challenges and opportunities within the relevant sector/region and both the current and future skills required to address such needs. Each applicant needs to outline how the proposal is aligned to national skills policy for the relevant sector or region.

You can download a copy of the Application Form and Application Guidelines below:

Application Form (excel) – click here to download

Application Guidelines (pdf)click here to download

Learning Needs Analysis Guide (pdf)click here to download


All applicants are strongly encouraged to engage with Skillnet Ireland and to avail of the supports for applicants.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm Thursday, 8 November 2018


What supports are available to applicants from Skillnet Ireland?


Skillnet Ireland offer information briefings, an application workshop, and 1-to-1 support from a Skillnet Ireland Advisor to applicants.


How can I find out more?


To find out more about how your sector or region could benefit from establishing a new Skillnet Learning network, you can speak to a Skillnet Ireland Advisor today about setting up a NEW network. Please contact us by emailing or by calling (0)1 207 9630

Click here to download the New Network Funding brochure

If you are interested in funding for training for yourself or your company, please contact one of our 60+ Networks directly. 


What is the deadline for applying?


Application deadline is 5pm Thursday 8 November 2018


Is there a brochure I can download?


Click here to download the New Network Funding brochure


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Any enterprise groups seeking funding to establish a new Skillnet Network, please contact us at 01-207 9630, email or use the Enquiry Form below

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