Education, innovation, and skills are key to building stronger industries. 

Ibec partner with Skillnet Ireland, the business support agency, to enable businesses develop their talent in innovative and responsive ways. As champions of life-long learning within industry, Ibec Skillnet Networks are perfectly positioned to deliver future proof, industry-led learning thanks to Ibec's industry expertise and extensive connections.

Ibec has 11 Skillnet Networks delivering subsidised learning programmes to support key sectors of the Irish economy. Focused on building the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development, the programmes offered address both technical and non-technical skills needs, ranging from accredited diplomas and masters to short courses and certs. 

Ibec Skillnet Networks are accessible to all businesses and organisations operating in Ireland. 

Ibec Skillnet Networks / Your questions answered

Ibec has 11 Skillnet Networks across key sectors promoted by our various Trade Associations. Each Skillnet Network works directly with industry to evaluate current and future skills needs, and designs and delivers subsidised upskilling solutions to address those demands. Ibec Skillnet Networks address both technical and non-technical skills.

Ibec Skillnet Networks are co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and private sector companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. 



No, all Irish based private sector or commercial semi-state enterprises operating within these sectors are eligible. For more information, please contact the Network Manager of your relevant network.


Contact the relevant Network Manager to join for free. Companies can avail of programmes listed on the website or request bespoke programmes depending on the requirements. Companies can also complete a training plan to assist in identifying training needs.


Membership is free and members enjoy benefits including:

Highly specialised subsidised learning
Improved training performance at higher quality and lower cost
Bespoke programme development with flexible delivery
 Collaborate with other companies to help improve industry standards
Design programmes to meet skills shortages
Enhance your competitiveness in both domestic and international markets



No, it is not necessary to become a member to avail of training, however subsidies are only available to members. There is no membership fee to join a network and you can be a member of more than one network. 


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Our partner / Skillnet Ireland

Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency of the Government of Ireland. Skillnet Ireland believe that maintaining a highly skilled workforce is essential to our national competitiveness. Skillnet Ireland currently support over 18,000 businesses nationwide and provide a wide range of valuable learning experiences to over 70,000 trainees. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.

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Ibec Skillnet Networks integration with Ibec and the trade associations, allows them to understand the economic, regulatory, and labour market issues affecting industry and enables the delivery of relevant quality programmes for industry. If there is specific training you need, which is not listed on their websites, please contact us to discuss possible funding available to you.                     

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