A training opportunity exclusively for SMEs

Shannon Chamber Skillnet is calling on small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) to avail of a unique opportunity to acquire new skills in several priority areas for business today – digitisation, innovation, sustainability, and leadership development.

The training will be delivered by the Chamber’s Skillnet network as a result a successful application for funding it made to Skillnet Ireland under the EU Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR). This programme has been introduced by Government to exclusively support SMEs in addressing the unprecedented challenges they are facing as a result of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The talent development and upskilling solutions which are being funded through this BAR scheme include:

  • Digitalisation: Supporting businesses integrate digital technology and change the way they operate and deliver value to customers.
  • Innovation: Facilitating new business models, delivery models, customer engagement tools, learning technologies, Research and Development, and the management of innovation and collaboration.
  • Sustainability: Developing the capacity to create sustainable business models, job types and career pathways, and to integrate existing frameworks and standards.
  • Leadership Development: Strengthening the capacity of owners and managers in key areas including planning, finance, talent management, process management and supply chain management.

Acquiring this funding will enable Shannon Chamber Skillnet to subsidise training in some areas by up to 40%.

Chamber CEO Helen Downes is now inviting companies to come forward with detailed expressions of interest and concrete proposals for worthwhile programmes that can make a real difference to their operations in the areas included in the BAR scheme.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 31 August 31 to enable Shannon Chamber Skillnet plan the training in an efficient manner.

Companies are advised to contact Alan Kelly, Network manager at Tel 061 475 854 or email: akelly@shannonchamber.ie for further information or to discuss their ideas in detail.