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Farm Business Skillnet

Network Sector

Agriculture

Network Region

Dublin, National

Network Manager

Celine Reynolds

Network Promoter

Irish Farmers Association

Network Contact

Celine Reynolds

Phone

01 4260324

Website

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Network Overview

Farm Business Skillnet provides subsidised upskilling solutions to farm businesses and smallholders across the Irish agriculture sector. The Network’s mission is to enhance farm productivity and efficiency through the provision of targeted talent development programmes. Through these programmes, participants gain the expertise and confidence necessary to adapt and grow their businesses.

Collaborating with industry, the network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible training courses to meet the ongoing needs. Farm Business Skillnet is promoted by the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA). Membership of the network is open to micro and small businesses in the agri 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 

“We engaged in branch officer training with the Farm Business Skillnet which included leadership development and communicating effectively. The training was delivered in a professional and organised manner, and I couldn’t recommend our trainer and the Farm Business Skillnet more highly.”

Gerry Melia – IFA

“The course was very easily organised with the Farm Business Skillnet and the quality of training was very good. Making it even more relevant for our business was the option to tailor the course to our specific requirements. Funding for training is always welcome and beneficial to remain competitive.”

Jonathan Tighe - Blackwater Discussion Group

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