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Rural Enterprise Skillnet

Network Sector

Multi Sector

Network Region

North West

Network Manager

Brenda Donagher

Network Contact

Brenda Donagher


071 9858252


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Network Overview

Rural Enterprise Skillnet is a multi sector business network for companies of all sizes in the North West Region. The network's mission is to strengthen businesses and the region through accessible upskilling programmes, which are designed to nurture existing talent and drive innovation. 

Collaborating with industry, the network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible, subsidised training courses to address the ongoing needs of businesses. Rural Enterprise Skillnet is promoted by MED Rural Development Company Ltd. Membership of the network is open to private business in the Northwest region and nationally. Training is mainly delivered in County Donegal and surrounding counties.

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 new 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 have found the Rural Enterprise Skillnet to be a highly professional network, offering a great range of training programs that have really helped us save time and improve our ability to deliver a better service to our customers. They are extremely helpful in offering advice and in supporting our training requirements. I would highly recommend getting involved with the Rural Enterprise Skillnet.

Melissa Flanagan - Creevy Pier Hotel

The degree of professionalism we have experienced from the Rural Enterprise Skillnet has been excellent. All of the Network staff are extremely helpful and will guide you to identify the training courses that benefit you and your company the most. Since my initial engagement with Rural Enterprise Skillnet, over 10 of our team have undertaken courses and the investment has most definitely been worth it.

Jane Cassidy - Swan Net Gundry

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