Setting Up A New Network | Skillnet Ireland

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 businesses are eligible to set up a Skillnet Learning 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 Learning 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 Network is led by a voluntary Steering Group of industry representatives that focus on setting the strategic direction of the Learning Network. Network companies span the full range of private sector industry sectors and can be enterprises of any size.

The Network Promoter is an individual appointed by the Contracting Organisation for their Network. Their role is to champion the aims of the Network, and to represent the Contracting Organisation in dealing with Skillnet Ireland.

A Network Manager is appointed by the Contracting Organisation to undertake the day to day running of the Network. Operating under the guidance of the Steering Group, the Network Manager’s role includes implementing the Network’s strategy and plan, promoting the Network’s offering to attract new companies, and coordinating programme development and delivery in line with current and future business learning requirements.

Further information on the Network structure and funding model is available by contacting a Skillnet Ireland Advisor.


How can we apply for funding to develop a new Skillnet Learning Network?


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.

To start the application process for developing a new Skillnet Learning Network, please download the following guidelines and application form;


The submission date for the 2021 Call for Proposals Applications is by 5pm, 5 November 2020. Successful applicants will be offered funding to develop new Skillnet Learning Networks that commence in January 2021.


How can I find out more about developing a new Skillnet Learning Network?


Please click here to download the New Network Development brochure.

Skillnet Ireland have a support team in place to assist interested applicants in preparing their application for submission. Please email or contact us on 01-207 9630 and a one-to-one meeting can be arranged with a member of the Skillnet Ireland support team.


How can we find out more about Skillnet Ireland?


Explore our case studies to discover the powerful impact of Skillnet training.

If you are interested in accessing funding for training for yourself or your company now, please contact one of our 70 Learning Networks directly.


Talk to the Team

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. For all other enquiries not related to establishing a network please contact

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