Skillnets launches public consultation on Statement of Strategy 2016-2019
Developing the skills of businesses and strengthening economic growth continued to be key priorities for Skillnets at the launch of the public consultation for its Statement of Strategy 2016-2019.
Skillnets, the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks and for the roll out of the ManagementWorks initiative, is asking the public to input into their new strategy, which will support more Irish companies to stay competitive and at the leading edge of their industry over the next four years.
Skillnets CEO Paul Healy said: “A highly educated and skilled workforce has been one of the key driving forces behind the country’s economic recovery. It ensures Ireland is a dynamic leader in marketable skills and strengthens productivity, competitiveness and international investment. As the marketplace evolves, the training needs of businesses change, with demand for new skills in growth areas.
It is essential that Skillnets continues to be at the forefront of enterprise skills development in Ireland and that our new strategy reflects this. Skillnets develops and delivers training through a unique enterprise-led model, working directly with employers to identify and deliver dynamic and relevant solutions to skills shortages.
Skillnets does this through over 60 networks spread across the country. This public consultation gives people the opportunity to input into a strategy that will bring real results to workers and employers at a regional and industry level.”
According to Skillnets Chairman Brendan McGinty, local businesses and community-led enterprise are the driving force behind growth and success for the country. “Skillnets partners with companies at a local level, giving them the opportunity to collaborate with industry peers and play a key role in their sector’s growth. We believe the harnessing of the knowledge and expertise of our member companies is essential for identifying areas of potential growth and subsequent skills development.
We’re now asking all stakeholders for their input to help secure the future of a highly skilled, competitive workforce, and enhance the contribution that Skillnets makes to the needs of both enterprise and national policy.”
The public consultation for the Skillnets Statement of Strategy 2016-2019 will run for a period of eight weeks, beginning Monday 23 May 2016.
A position paper to support the consultation, and an online consultation survey are available on the Skillnets website here. The closing date for submissions is Tuesday 19 July 2016.
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Enda Hogan is a Programme Support Manager with Skillnets. Enda's primary role within the ManagementWorks team is around marketing and promotion in order to build awareness of the ManagementWorks suite of programmes. He is the editor of the monthly newsletter - Management Matters!
Enda has twenty years of management experience and has worked extensively with SMEs, training networks and membership organisations in Ireland to improve business performance through investment in training and professional development.