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Skillnet Ireland reports a record level of companies participating in workforce upskilling

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Skillnet Ireland has, today, launched its 2020 annual report, reporting an 18% increase in supports to Irish businesses across 2020 and an investment of €51 million in upskilling programmes for companies across the economy.

In a challenging year for businesses and the workforce, 81,895 people participated in upskilling programmes through Skillnet Ireland – a 17% increase on the previous year. The business support agency also reported an increase in the number of companies engaging with the organisation in 2020, up 18% on the previous year, at 21,695. 94% of the companies Skillnet Ireland supported in 2020 are SMEs.

 

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Skillnet Ireland and Minister Harris and Ryan launch ‘Climate Ready’ programme to prepare Irish businesses for climate change

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Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan and Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive Paul Healy today launched Climate Ready, a five-year national climate upskilling initiative developed in partnership with industry to equip businesses with the skills they need to respond to climate change. Skillnet Ireland, together with the private sector, will invest over €10 million in the Climate Ready initiative from 2021-2025.

Developed to support Government’s Climate Action Plan and the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, Climate Ready will offer Irish businesses the practical skills and insights they need to respond to climate change and to manage the challenges and opportunities transitioning to a low-carbon economy presents.

Climate Ready sees Skillnet Ireland partner with Chambers Ireland, Wind Energy Ireland, Sustainable Finance Ireland and Central Solutions to support over 1,100 companies and 3,000 workers throughout Ireland in its first year. Leveraging Skillnet Ireland’s experience in delivering upskilling and management development to 18,000 businesses annually, Climate Ready will offer several pathways for businesses to build sustainable operating models and develop green talent.

Climate Ready includes:

  • Climate Ready Academy: Offering a suite of practical and specialised learning supports for businesses in the areas of climate action and sustainability;
  • Climate Ready Cluster: A dynamic group of Skillnet Business Networks already delivering substantial expertise for Irish businesses in renewable energy and green technology; environmental, water and energy management; and sustainable finance; and
  • Climate Ready Insights: A centralised platform dedicated to helping businesses advance their thinking and actions around sustainable practices and climate change.

 

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