Why apply to set up a Skillnet Business Network?

Support

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

Benefit

from a wide range of relevant and cost-effective subsidised talent development and upskilling opportunities, delivered by expert trainers.

Contribute

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

Setting up a Skillnet Business Network


What businesses are eligible to set up a Skillnet Business Network?

Eligible applicants must be an industry federation, industry body or membership-based professional body based in the Republic of Ireland. Enterprises within the network can be of any size.

Public/voluntary sector entities are ineligible.

 

How is a Skillnet Business Network structured?

A Skillnet Business 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 Business Network is led by a voluntary Steering Group of industry representatives that focus on setting the Network’s strategic direction. Network companies span the full range of private sector industry sectors and can be enterprises of any size.

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 and its 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 Business Network?

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

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposals are enterprise-led, have been designed to prioritise effective talent development and upskilling solutions and deliver value for money for all stakeholders.

The submission date for the 2023 New Skillnet Business Network Proposal Applications is 5pm on Friday, October 14th, 2022. Successful applicants will be offered funding to develop new Skillnet Business Networks that commence in January 2023.

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

Application Form Guidelines (.pdf)

Talent Development Needs Analysis Guide (.pdf)

Application Form (.xls)

Application Form (.docx)

 

 

What supports are available to applicants from Skillnet Ireland?

Skillnet Ireland has a support team in place to assist interested applicants in preparing their application. Please email funding@skillnetireland.ie or contact us on 01 207 9630 to arrange a one-to-one meeting with a member of the Skillnet Ireland support team.

A virtual information briefing will be held in August, and a more detailed virtual workshop on the application process will be held in September.

Click here to register for our Information Briefing Session on Thursday, August 11th, 2022.

Click here to register for our Application Workshop on Thursday, September 1st, 2022.

 

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

Click here to download the New Network Funding brochure.

To find out more about how your sector or region could benefit from establishing a new Skillnet Business Network, you can speak to a Skillnet Ireland Advisor by emailing funding@skillnetireland.ie or by calling 01 207 9630.

An Information Briefing Session will be held at 11am on August 11th, 2022 to provide more information on how your sector or region could benefit from establishing a new Skillnet Business network and to gain deeper insights into the application process. Click here to register.

An Application Workshop will be held at 11am on September 1st, 2022. Click here to register.

If you are interested in accessing funding for training for yourself or your company now, please contact one of our 72 Skillnet Business Networks directly.

 

Is there a brochure I can download?

Click here to download the New Network Funding brochure for 2023.

 

How can we find out more about Skillnet Ireland?

Explore our case studies to discover the powerful impact of Skillnet Business Networks in transforming businesses and sectors through talent.

If you are interested in accessing funding for training for yourself or your company now, please contact one of our 72 Skillnet Business Networks directly.

 


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Any enterprise groups seeking funding to establish a new Skillnet Business Network, please contact us at 01-207 9630, email funding@skillnetireland.ie or use the Enquiry Form below. For all other enquiries not related to establishing a network please contact info@skillnetireland.ie.

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