Our primary aim is to increase participation in enterprise training by companies to improve competitiveness and provide improved access for workers to industry-specific skills development.
We are dedicated to upskilling those in employment and in the Training Networks Programme (TNP) 2012/13 we have extended our trainee profile to include job-seekers who will train with those in employment. In the current programme we have also placed a renewed focus on the desired skills set for Ireland through four new themes under which networks made their application for funding. The new themes, whilst continuing to address increased productivity and competitiveness, focus on workers mobility and employability, emerging priority sectors, company diversification/transferability into different sectors and key competencies/skills for European workers.
Skillnets' strategy is to support companies from any sector in the economy to engage in training, but does so exclusively through networks of companies. This approach allows companies to achieve economies of scale, increase efficiency, lower costs and provide training that is more relevant to individual sectors, regions or types of companies. There is also a significant benefit to be achieved through the sharing of business experience and advice via networking opportunities afforded by membership of a Skillnet.
89% of companies surveyed at the end of 2011 felt that the training provided through the Skillnets networks met their business needs and 97% agreed that the training helped them to fill skill gaps.