Skillnet Networks

About Skillnet Ireland

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, with a mandate to advance the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of businesses operating in Ireland through enterprise-led workforce development.


Training and upskilling are key elements in keeping businesses competitive – both nationally and globally. At the same time, a commitment to skills growth has a substantial positive impact on the career advancement of our country’s workforce.

As Ireland’s only business support agency dedicated to workforce development, Skillnet Ireland puts businesses in control of their own learning journey, offering significant benefits:

Collaboration at its best

Taking a networked and partnership-based approach to learning, Skillnet Ireland partners with over 50 industry bodies either sectoral or geographically based harnessing Ireland’s open culture of collaboration for the benefit of all.

Cost Savings

Skillnet Ireland works on a system of joint investment: businesses access training by combining a Government grant with their own contribution – greatly reducing costs and other barriers.


Since businesses lead the learning process, Skillnet Ireland programmes are extremely relevant and grounded in business practicality.

Best Practice

The EU, OECD and ILO have all recognised Skillnet Ireland internationally as a best practice model.


Visit the Skillnet Ireland website for more information

ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet

From tapping into your team’s emotional intelligence, to crafting your presentation skills. And from optimising performance through better time management, to understanding how to coach and mentor others – this Skillnet delivers key and vital training modules.

The ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet is designed to help companies develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications of their team Members. This is achieved by increasing their access to skills development opportunities and encouraging ongoing professional development.


The training focuses on enterprise-led training that is both efficient and effective, while providing networking opportunities. The goal is to help companies develop their workforce skills and talent, helping them navigate political, technological and competitive changes and challenges ahead.


Types of training included in this Skillnet are:

  • Effective Communications
  • Frontline Managers
  • Present & Express with Confidence
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Effective Trainer
  • Time Management
  • Team Lead & Supervisory Skills
  • Management Development
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Resilience Workshop
  • Technical Writing
  • Train the Trainer
  • Certificate in Professional Coaching Skills
  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Warehousing & Logistics /QQI Level 6
  • Coaching for Leaders
  • Foundation in HR Analytics
  • Applying & Embedding HR Analytics
  • Emerging Managers
  • Performance Management
  • EQ-I Certification
  • Executive Coaching
  • PMP
  • PM Fundamentals
  • PM Essentials
  • Mindfulness
  • High Performance Leadership
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Facilitation Skills
  • MS Office programs
  • Practical Productivity using MS Outlook
  • Complete Presentation Skills

ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet

Providing impacted workers with new skills and pathways into Ireland’s Customer Experience (Cx) and technology sectors

About the Programme

Skills Connect will provide impacted workers with new skills and pathways into Ireland’s Customer Experience (Cx) and technology sectors, which are significant employers in the Mid-West and play a vital role in Ireland’s economy.

The Digital Skills Accelerator will support impacted workers from the hospitality, retail and aviation sectors. The initiative will be delivered through industry partnership and collaboration between ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet, ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet and Aviation Skillnet.

Programmes delivered through Digital Skills Accelerator will include ICT Conversion, Data Science (entry level), Project Management, Cx Professional and DevOps Practices including Software QA, Code Management, Cloud Development and Azure. The partnership of three Skillnet Networks will also provide mentoring, career assessment and over 60 industry placement opportunities in Software, Data Management and Cx.

The Skills Connect programmes will provide participants with specialised and technical skills that are in demand by Cx and technology businesses based in the Mid-West.

To learn more about the DIGITAL SKILLS ACCELERATOR programme and to register an expression of interest

Skills Connect: Supports for those seeking employment

ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet, ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet and Aviation Skillnet support the workforce development needs of businesses within the Customer Experience (Cx) and technology sectors in the Munster region. We offer a small number/selection of industry-led and fully funded programmes for people who are not in employment, subject to eligibility criteria and the availability of places. If you are currently not in employment and wish to upskill or reskill, click here for details of Skills Connect training for people seeking employment.


Further details of Skills Connect and the eligibility criteria can be found on the Skillnet Ireland website.

ICBE Advanced Productivity Skillnet

This comprehensive Skillnet is committed to promoting innovation and productivity though industry-led training for the manufacturing and service sectors in Ireland. Advanced methodologies and technology are key focus areas.

Focusing initially on Lean, Six Sigma and Shingo, this Skillnet has expanded to include key technologies and methodologies from automation to data analytics and additive manufacturing.


Types of training included in this Skillnet are:

  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Innovation Yellow Belt
  • Innovation Green Belt
  • Lean Manufacturing Tools
  • Lean Applied to the Office Environment
  • Training Within Industry (TWI)
  • Job Instruction Training (JIT)
  • Job Methods Training (JMT)
  • Standard Work
  • Value Stream Mapping (VSM)/ Material & Information Flow (M&I Study)
  • Systematic Problem Solving
  • Systematic Problem Solving
  • Hoshin Kanri/Strategy Deployment
  • People/Human Side of Lean
  • Lean Certification Programme
  • Tiered Meetings & Leadership Coaching
  • High Performance Mentoring for Advanced Productivity
  • Shingo Prize Workshops
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Lean LAB Training
  • Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)
  • Lean Lite Workshop
  • Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)
  • Automation/Robotics Programme
  • Lean Mentoring & Coaching
  • Production Planning & Control
  • 8 Step Problem Solving
  • Developing High performing Mentors for CI Projects
  • Strategic Leadership Training
  • Design of Experiments (DoE)
  • Team Collaboration Process and Tools
  • Employee Engagement
  • Information / Data Capture, Analysis and Use in Manufacturing/Supply Chain
  • Using / Application of Data to make Business Decisions
  • Data Visualisation
  • Enterprise Excellence & Strategy Deployment
  • Continuous Improvement Workshops
  • Agile Work

Aviation Skillnet

The global aviation leasing space is a dynamic one, and the skills needs of the industry are always evolving. Responding to this need for upskilling is the Aviation Skillnet – specialised, dedicated training for companies of all sizes in the aviation and aerospace sector.

Aviation Skillnet supports the sector in maintaining and enhancing Ireland’s position in aviation. The training offered acts as a key driver of the success of the sector through the knowledge, expertise and innovation of those employed within the industry. We are dedicated to constantly building on this – to further develop the breadth and depth of expertise available and improve our global competitiveness.


Types of training included in this Skillnet are:


Aviation and Aerospace

  • Continued Airworthiness and Aviation Management (CAMM) Level 9
  • Aircraft Records Level 7
  • Continued Airworthiness Management Organisation (CAMO Specialist Diploma
    Level 7)
  • Part 21 Design (Level 7)
  • B737 Gen Fam
  • Part 145 – Understanding Maintenance
  • A320 Family (CFM) & (IAE) B2 Differences Practical
  • A320 (IAE) B1 additional Engine Theory
  • IS0 9001- 2015 Internal Auditor QMS
  • Part 21 Subpart J Design Organisation Approval
  • Embraer 190 Cat C Gen Fam
  • Fuel Tank Safety Phase 2
  • ATR 72 212A 500/600 series
  • Management Development
  • B777 Gen Fam
  • A330 Gen Fam
  • Project Management
  • Communicating and Influencing

Aviation Finance Leasing

  • MBA (with Aviation elective)
  • Post Graduate Level 9 Specialist Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance
  • Export Customs and Compliance Management
  • Aircraft Acquisitions and Finance
  • Certificate in Aviation Level 6
  • Senior Negotiation Skills
  • Aviation Fundamentals
  • Aircraft Appreciation
  • BBS Aviation Management
  • Fundamentals of Commercial Contracts
  • Future Leaders Programme
  • Employment Law
  • Finance for Non-Finance Managers
  • Certificate in Aviation Finance and Leasing
  • Aviation Fundamentals
  • Capital Markets & Funding
  • Executive Education Leasing Programme
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Accounting with technical elements for Lease Agreements
  • Delegation Skills
Skillnet Funding