Innovation Skillnet to fund training for more than 130 people

11 Aug 2011

Skillnets has launched a training initiative as part of The Innovation Skillnet, which is worth up to €90,000 to more than 110 employees in the ICT, finance and other sectors, as well as 22 job seekers.

The Innovation Skillnet is a network of companies that want to develop their innovation skills to support the development of new projects, improve business processes or to enter new markets.

This new initiative will provide companies with cost-effective access to a curriculum of enterprise-led innovation training and coaching.

Skillnets has approved €45,000 in funding to the newly formed programme while additional funding of €45,000 will be invested by the member companies of the Innovation Skillnet.

The Innovation Skillnet will run a series of courses from late August to the end of December. It is hoped to keep training costs to a minimum and thanks to funding from Skillnets the cost of each training day will be less than €150.

Need for innovation skills

“In the current economic environment, a number of serious challenges exist to Irish industry at a national and enterprise level. Ireland has a great need for innovation, and people with innovation skills,” said Tom O’Sullivan, deputy CEO, ICS Skills and The Innovation Skillnet network promoter.

“The Innovation Skillnet aims to address these issues by building up skills in innovation in member companies and raising their innovation capability. In providing these skills, the network aims to achieve increased business in Irish companies and an increase in the commercial return from innovation.”

Membership of the Innovation Skillnet is open to all private and semi-state organisations, from start-ups to large enterprises. A briefing session for prospective members will be held on 17 August at ICS HQ, Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2. Further information can be found online.

Image: The Skillnets website

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