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Rural Food Skillnet

Network Sector

Food / Beverage, Hospitality / Tourism

Network Region

National

Network Manager

John Moriarty

Network Contact

John Moriarty

Phone

087 2055676

Website

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Network overview

Rural Food Skillnet supports businesses of all sizes in the food and hospitality sector through subsidised upskilling programmes. The Irish food and hospitality sector is internationally recognised for its high-quality standards and produce. Rural Food Skillnet’s mission is to grow the sector, by developing a strong talent base and enhancing existing specialised knowledge and skills. 

Collaborating with industry, the network designs, develops and delivers responsive, bespoke and flexible training courses to address the ongoing needs of businesses. Rural Food Skillnet is promoted by Rural Food Company Training Network. Membership of the network is open to private businesses.

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 

I attended a training event as part of the Rural Food Skillnet and I have to say it was completely different from your normal networking event! The one-to-one sessions we had with other attendees were a very practical and innovative way of getting to know other people and businesses within the wider network. This is a must for anyone looking to grow their business. I would highly recommend it.

June Carey - The Third Eye Company

Quality management for a business in the food sector is critical. We have been able to achieve this by working in collaboration with the Rural Food Skillnet, who have helped deliver high-quality training with carefully sourced providers.

Declan Blanchfield - Iverk Produce Limited

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