Information About Skillnet Ireland


Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland. Our mandate is to advance the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of businesses operating in Ireland through enterprise-led workforce development.

Skillnet Ireland was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS). It is a company limited by guarantee under the Companies Act.

The company works within the terms of its mandate and funding agreement with DFHERIS set in place in 2011. The funding agreement makes provision for funding from the National Training Fund (NTF) at the discretion of DFHERIS within the annual budgetary estimates process.


What we do

Skillnet Ireland funds groups of businesses in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through business networks that deliver subsidised training to Irish businesses and a limited amount of free training to job-seekers.

Skillnet Ireland manages three main training programmes:

  • Training Networks Programme supports training across a wide range of industry sectors and geographical regions through 70 enterprise-led Business Networks
  • Future Skills Programme is a funding stream for the development of innovative new programmes that address emerging skills gaps within growth sectors
  • Skills Connect provides training and work placements for those seeking employment or those seeking to re-enter the workforce

For more information on each of these programmes visit our programmes page.


Corporate Governance and Organisational Structure

The Board of Directors and Committees

Skillnet Ireland is governed by a Board of Directors representing stakeholders vested in workforce development. The Board of Skillnets Services DAC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Skillnet Ireland, that funds the Management Development programme, has the same directors as that of Skillnet Ireland.


The Board is supported by three committees:

Audit and Risk Committee

Responsible for the oversight of Skillnet Ireland’s audit and control function, including financial reporting and accounting, external audit, regulatory compliance, the effectiveness of the internal control environment and processes, and risk management.

Finance and General Purpose Committee

Responsible for reviewing matters of a strategic financial nature and major corporate issues, including operational effectiveness, development and implementation of the statement of strategy, HR and related matters, annual budget and application of public funds.

Evaluation and Performance Monitoring Committee

Responsible for reviewing assessments of grant funding proposals and to make recommendations on funding proposals to the Board.


Management and operational structure

Skillnet Ireland, although a public body is a private company and staff of the organisation are not public servants. Accordingly, there are no set pay scales or grades applicable to the positions noted.


Decision Making Process for Major Policy Proposals

All decisions to award grants are made by the Board of Skillnet Ireland.

The Board’s decision is supported with advice and recommendations from the Evaluation and Performance Monitoring Board Committee, and the Executive on the assessment of the applications for funding and the assessment process.


Corporate plans and strategies

Skillnet Ireland’s existing strategic plan covers the period ending 31 December 2025.

Further information on the strategic direction may be found on the Statement of Strategy 2021 – 2025



Skillnet Ireland publications cover a range of topics such as:

  • Annual reports
  • Independent evaluations of programmes
  • Research documents


Location and contact details

The Skillnet Ireland head office is based in Sandyford, Dublin – Our location and directions.

Skillnet Ireland Business Networks are based in various locations nationwide – Listing and contact details for Skillnet Ireland Business Networks.

The standards of service we aim to provide to our clients is outlined in our Customer Service section.

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