Setting Up A Network | Skillnet Ireland

Setting Up A Network


Skillnet Ireland wants to hear from groups of private sector enterprises that are interested in setting up new Skillnet Learning Networks. Networks funded by Skillnet Ireland allow companies to achieve economies of scale and significant efficiencies in the provision of training to their staff.  Any successful applicants will be approved for 12 months funding to develop a new network in 2019.


Are You Eligible to Apply?

Who is eligible

Applicants to establish a new Skillnet Learning Network 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)
  • 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
  • Outline how the proposal is aligned to national policy for the relevant sector or region


How is a Skillnet Learning Network structured

The key roles within a Skillnet Learning Network are listed below.

  • Subject to a successful application, Skillnet Ireland contracts with the organisation that manages the activities of the Learning Network. That entity receives the funds from Skillnet Ireland on behalf of the network group. Typically, these organisations include industry or sectoral representative bodies, Chambers of Commerce, employee representative groups and clusters of private companies with similar training needs
  • Each Learning Network is called a Skillnet e.g. ISME Skillnet
  • Each Skillnet Network is led by a voluntary Steering Group of industry representatives that focus on setting the strategic direction of the Learning Network. This group meets on a regular basis and makes decisions for the Network on behalf of the wider group of member businesses
  • Each Skillnet Network appoints a Network Manager who manages the delivery of the Network training and development plan on a day-to-day basis
  • Network member companies span the full range of industry sectors and can be enterprises of any size
  • Trainees include employees of member companies of the Skillnet Network, along with those seeking employment that satisfy our eligibility criteria


What should you do if you are interested

If your industry federation, industry body or other private sector enterprise group are interested in establishing a new Skillnet Learning Network to commence in 2019, please contact Skillnet Ireland at 01 2079630 or

Further details on the next application process will be available on this website by end July 2018.