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ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet

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Multi Sector

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Network Manager

Gráinne Walsh

Network Contact

Alison Barry


061 423622


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Network Overview

ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet is a multi-sector business Network that supports companies of all sizes through subsidised upskilling programmes. The Network’s mission is to advance talent development across all sectors, including manufacturing, life sciences, technology, agri-food, professional services businesses.

Collaborating with industry, the Network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible training courses to address the ongoing needs of businesses. The courses also provide participants with valuable networking opportunities. ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet is promoted by the Irish Centre for Business Excellence (ICBE) and is open to private sector enterprises across all sectors.

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 

“The training our employees have received through the ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet has been vital in assisting in their development and transition into managerial roles. Additionally, the training has expanded the knowledge base of the wider employee population in our company. The diversity of training that we can avail of is first class and someone is always available to advise us of various training conference opportunities that our employees can take part in.”

Eimear O'Reilly - Barclay Crop Protection

“The knowledge-sharing opportunities provided by ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet are an invaluable way to learn from and benchmark against other companies. This peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge helped us to develop important learning and development interventions such as mentoring, multi-generational training and sponsorship programmes. The network provides companies with the opportunity to network and support each other through knowledge sharing in a rapidly changing business environment.”

Eilish Walsh - Boston Scientific

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