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Increased funding for Boyle based training network

Boyle based training network, Role Skillnet, has announced increased funding for training in 2016. The network, based at Boyle Enterprise Centre, provides up to 30% funding for training in the region’s small & medium enterprises. It moved to Boyle in January 2014

The network promoters are Boyle Chamber of Commerce and it is managed by a steering committee of local enterprises and state agencies. The committees Chairperson is Jacinta Glover of Masonite, Carrick-on-Shannon. The Network Manager is Michael Gilmartin and the Network Administrator is Sonia Dunne.
The Skillnet is one of 60 networks throughout the country providing funding across a range of business areas. These include manufacturing, pharmaceutical, agriculture, retail and food. The training is subsidised for employees and self-employed. Training is free for Jobseekers and JobBridge Interns subject to availability.

The network is supported by Skillnet which is funded by from the National Training fund (NTF) through the department of Education and skills. Skillnet aim to increase participation in enterprise training by improving access to skills development for employees and jobseekers.
In 2015 Role Skillnet provided funding for 140 companies and over 900 trainees. The training which included Communication, Marketing, IT, Finance and Health & Safety was provided by a panel of experienced trainers. Training, in conjunction with support agencies, was provided for almost 80 Jobseekers and JobBridge Interns.

The networks goal is to increase training and development in small and medium enterprises. Research highlights that investment in training is associated with increases in business growth and sustainability. Other benefits include higher business efficiency, customer satisfaction and employee morale.
An increased focus in 2016 is Management and Business Development training. This is identified as a key opportunity for growth in small and medium enterprises. The training is targeted at business owners and managers and includes Team Development, Business Planning, Marketing, Ideas Generation and Financial Management. There are three IMI Diploma’s available, Strategy and Innovation, Leadership, and Management. The Network believes the training provides valuable opportunities for business development and will be of special interest to Managers and owners seeking a formal qualification’
The programme is run by ManagementWorks, a Skillnet initiative, to assist firms to improve business performance. ManagementWorks was established under the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2012 to address the need to enhance management capability in small and medium sized firms. This need was identified in the report of the Management Development Council in 2010.

A new initiative for jobseekers in 2016 is a ten day foundation cookery course based in Boyle The course will prepare participants for employment opportunities in the hospitality and food sector and provide employers with a pool of potential employees. Course modules include Foundation Cookery, Health & Safety, Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, and Presentation/Communication Skills. Participants will complete five days’ work experience in catering businesses in the area. For more information on the programme or to express interest please email or call 071-9673440. The programme will run as a pilot in 2016 and if successful will be expanded in future years.

Applications for 2016 funding have commenced. Network Administrator Sonia Dunne reports a steady increase in funding requests and advises applicants to apply as soon as possible. She points out that ‘funding eligibility applies which can be viewed at”
Upcoming training includes “Communicating to Influence customers” on January 27th, Food Hygiene Training on February 6th, Intermediate Excel February 18th and Occupational First Aid on February 2nd, 3rd & 4th.

Full details of venues and times are available at or by contacting us on 071-9673440 or email

The Network invites businesses interested in applying for funding for training/upskilling to contact them.

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Department of Education and Skills & Skillnets funded Ireland

Role Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded
from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills.