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Design Skillnet

Network Sector

Design / Media / AudioVisual

Network Region


Network Manager

Niamh O'Shaughnessy

Network Contact

Niamh O'Shaughnessy


086 809 8411


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Network Overview

Design Skillnet supports businesses of all sizes across the highly diverse design sector. The Network recognises that design is becoming more strategic and diverse. The Network's mission is to help businesses gain an advantage and remain competitive in an increasingly complex and dynamic commercial landscape through talent development programmes.

Collaborating with industry, the network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible, subsidised upskilling courses to address the ongoing needs of businesses. Design Skillnet is promoted by the Institute of Designers in Ireland (IDI). Membership of the network is open to private enterprises in the design sector.

Supports to businesses

  • Assist businesses to identify and address current and future skills needs 
  • Information regarding successful approaches to learning and talent development 
  • Guidance on achieving value for money when investing in learning and development 
  • Strategic programmes that enhance business innovation and sectoral competitiveness 
  • Flexible training and education programmes customised to the needs of the sector 
  • Innovative programme design and development 
  • Leadership programmes for business owners and executives 
  • Certified and non-certified technical training 
  • Training relating to communication, problem-solving and other core skills 
  • Advice on gauging the effectiveness of training 
  • Access to a network of businesses within the sector 
  • Conferences, seminars, and other informal learning and networking events 

“Our business recently made use of the Design Skillnet Training courses for our team. It’s a brilliant resource that we have really needed here in Ireland. The team are a tough bunch to impress but have come back from the courses really enthused. As an employer, it’s great to be able to offer these courses to our staff. The courses are great value and with more industry support the potential is huge. Also, the network is open to suggestions on topics to cover which is very useful. More please!”

Mary Doherty - Red Dog Design

“My experience of the Designs on Growth programme run by Design Skillnet has been overwhelmingly positive. As a fast track for creatives who often don’t possess the knowledge and skills to diagnose and encourage fiscal wellbeing, Designs on Growth has been very beneficial. Expert and personable mentors and workshop leaders are complemented by easy-to-understand notes that build to create an invaluable resource for extracurricular reference. The Designs on Growth programme helps you take the first-hand, in-depth knowledge of your own business, structure it, assess it, set realistic goals and create a road map for growth.”

Oran Day - Atelier David Smith

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