Management development is fundamental to improving the productivity of small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Ireland. The business owners and managers who adopt best-practice management skills are better placed to formulate clear strategy, adopt modern methods, develop better teams, and to innovate and grow.
The Expert Group of Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) Report on SME Management Skills, ‘Leading the Way’, was published in October 2020. Enacting the recommendations of that report, an Implementation Group and a consortium of 14 organisations, from both the public and private sector, developed Skills for Better Business to make it easier for SME owner-managers in Ireland to get started on their management development journey.
How it works
Skills for Better Business will bring you on a management development journey, to help you:
- identify your management / leadership development capabilities and skills needs by completing the Skills for Better Business Online Assessment
- navigate the various management development training opportunities available to you by visiting the Skills for Better Business Courses and Contacts page
Step 1 – Skills for Better Business Online Assessment
Identify your current management and business capabilities, and the skills you need to become a better business leader, by taking the Skills for Better Business Online Assessment.
There are 50 statements for you to respond to, arranged under 4 critical business competency pillars:
- Operations, Digital and Innovation
- Leadership and People
- Sales and Marketing
- Strategy and Finance
It will take just 10 minutes to complete the online assessment and you will be provided with a bespoke report detailing your priority areas.
Your bespoke report is a personal development plan that you can share with business support agencies and training providers to help you address your specific skills needs. More information on this is detailed in Step 2 below.
Get started with the Skills for Better Business Online Assessment
Step 2 – Skills for Better Business Courses and Contacts
When you have received your Skills for Better Business Online Assessment Report, click to visit the Skills for Better Business Courses and Contacts page to learn more about the various business support agencies and programmes to help you on the next step of your management development journey.
The Skills for Better Business Courses and Contacts page provides contact details for advisers at these business support agencies who will help you find the right development programme for you.
View the Skills for Better Business Courses and Contacts
Skills for Better Business Partner Organisations