Midland Border East Skillnet

The Midland Border East Skillnet works with its members to identify and drive training and upskilling in the Retail, Sales, Manufacturing, Childcare and Construction sectors, to meet business, people, and performance needs of our members. In particular, we encourage and support the development of training programmes to meet existing and future needs within these sectors to drive Workforce design, People Development and Strategic Innovation and where possible to support those seeking employment to development skills and work placement opportunities within their sector of employment.

Our members include multinationals, large, medium, small Irish companies.

We also offer a small number of fully-funded programmes for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme.

Skillnet Ireland 2021/2025

Skillnet Ireland has launched its Strategy 2021-2025. Our key focus for the next 5 years is how we can transform business through talent in the areas of Workforce Planning, People Development and Strategic Innovation. https://www.skillnetireland.ie/strategy2025 #TalentTransformsBusiness

Investing in Our Workforce

Meeting the objectives of this Statement of Strategy is predicated on Skillnet Ireland developing an increased funding base. Currently,
Skillnet Ireland operates on the basis of two income sources:

1) Contributions from businesses participating in Skillnet Ireland programmes, and;
2) Allocations from the employer-funded National Training Fund (NTF).

In 2019, employers contributed over €22 million to the cost of Skillnet Ireland programmes, with every €100 of exchequer investment in the
Training Networks Programme attracting a further €117 in private investment. Our ability to leverage private sector investment to this
extent is a compelling element of the Skillnet Ireland model and costsharing with employers is a principle the agency is fundamentally
committed to.

The National Training Fund (NTF) reform programme is also central to this Statement of Strategy. As recommended under the NTF reforms,
Skillnet Ireland is giving businesses and employers a direct voice in determining NTF priorities and we look forward to working with
colleagues in Government to further advance this objective over the coming years.

Stakeholder Consultation & Strategic Themes

This Statement of Strategy is informed by an extensive multistakeholder consultation spanning government, state agencies, industry bodies, worker representatives and the general public. Consultations were conducted in 2019 and again in 2020 to take account of the impact of Covid-19. Three strategic themes were
highlighted through the consultation process:

1) Workforce Design
2) People Development
3) Strategic Innovation


MentorsWork is a free eight-week business support programme to SMEs nationwide and is designed to provide the skills and supports to help business owner-managers sustain and improve their business. The virtually delivered programme offers integrated learning supports across four key pillars; People, Finance and Growth, Digitalisation and Automation and Business Processes. By connecting business owners and managers across Ireland with experienced and skilled business mentors, the programme can help address specific business issues on a one-to-one basis. MentorsWork also offers specialist masterclasses, peer-focused workshops and access to a bespoke online learning platform specially designed for SMEs. Free places are available, apply here at www.mentorswork.ie

Clear Customs

Are you operating a business in Ireland? If you’re trading with the UK, you need to have the skills to deal with future customs challenges. Apply for @SkillnetIreland’s #ClearCustoms free online training delivered by @ciltskillnet & @itcarlow accredited. www.clearcustoms.ie

#ClearCustoms has launched today as part of the Government Brexit Readiness Action Plan. The free online training developed by @SkillnetIreland will be delivered by @ciltskillnet and is accredited by @itcarlow. Find out more: www.clearcustoms.ie #BrexitReady


“We have always worked with Midland Border East Skillnet when it comes to training new staff members or upskilling our existing employees.

Midland Border East Skillnet have worked closely with us in funding and developing our Irish Management Institute (IMI) accredited Management Development Programmes, as both Certificate and Diploma levels, and all participants benefit greatly from these training programmes.”
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Niall Carolan

Chadwicks Group

“I have found the team at Midland Border East Skillnet to be both professional and efficient in all aspects of their work.

They are every supportive and empowering, allowing our organisation to excel at the things we do best, secure in the knowledge we have their support and guidance every step of the way.”
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Brendan Doyle

Newbaze Nutrition Ireland

“Working with Midland Bord East Skillnet has allowed our business to streamline our training and upskilling needs to one single entity.

This improved efficiencies across our business units, allowing us to gain maximum capacity and funding towards our training and upskilling needs.”
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Ciaran Butler

Bord na Mona Learning & Development