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ICOS Skillnet

Network Sector

Agriculture, Food / Beverage

Network Region

Dublin, National

Network Manager

Billy Goodburn

Network Contact

Billy Goodburn

Phone

01 6131348

Website

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Network Overview

ICOS Skillnet supports businesses of all sizes in the co-operative and agri-business sectors through the provision of subsidised talent development programmes. The network’s mission is to drive the growth, competitiveness and sustainability of co-operative and agri-business enterprises by enhancing the specialised skills and knowledge within those sectors.

Collaborating with industry, the Network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible training courses to meet the ongoing needs of businesses. ICOS Skillnet is promoted by the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS). The Network is open to private enterprises in the cooperative and agri-business 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 

“We are strong advocates of continuous training and lifelong learning. The best thing about the ICOS Skillnet partnership is the relevance of the educational course content to our industry. Feedback from our participants has been very positive due to the highly interactive learning environment.”

Michael O'Driscoll - Bandon Co-op

“Our business finds that ICOS Skillnet membership is a crucial support for the development and delivery of learning and development year-on-year. Their support in the development of relevant courses has been hugely beneficial via access to industry working groups, and in accessing the best trainers available. This helps shape the training to best meet our business needs and has added real value. Our staff and the overall business have benefited greatly from the ICOS Skillnet. This a major factor in our continued support for this Network.”

Stephen Hickey - Glanbia Agribusiness

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