Over 70 distinct Skillnet Networks work with businesses in specific sectors, developing bespoke, State subsidised solutions to meet existing and emerging skills needs. Explore networks with experience in your area, and which understand your business needs. There are networks that cater for Agriculture/Agri-Food, Biopharma/Medtech, Engineering/Construction, Food/Beverage, Hospitality/Tourism, ICT, IFS, Manufacturing, Retail and Transport and Logistics sectors.
Springboard + is an upskilling initiative in higher education offering free or heavily subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level, leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. A number are in the areas of business development and logistics/supply chain management. The initiative has now been expanded to include those in employment.
Apprenticeships are available across a wide range of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships now available include the Logistics Associate, Supply Chain Associate, Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain Specialist and Retail Supervision. For further information on the range of programmes available visit the Apprenticeship.ie portal.
Diversifying trade with non-UK markets, and therefore the enhancement of employer engagement in the development and use of trade languages, is key. This is a core objective of the Government’s foreign languages strategy. For information on the benefits and opportunities language competency can bring in business, see the Languages Connect portal. Under its GradStart programme, Enterprise Ireland client companies are being supported in the recruitment of highly skilled graduates to develop and grow their business for two years. Where a company has a clear requirement for a graduate with language proficiency, 70% of individual graduate salary costs are covered.
The Right Course online portal
The online portal gov.ie/therightcourse is a one-stop shop for businesses, employees or unemployed persons to find the third level options available to them. The one-stop shop outlines the further education and training places, the courses in higher education on offer, and information for those on a social welfare payment.
Advice on Brexit
Visit gov.ie/Brexit for more information and advice on Brexit.