Revised Training Offer during COVID-19

In light of the current circumstances in which we now find ourselves and conscious of the fact that companies are adjusting how they work and communicate with their employees, having the required skills base will be central to an organisation’s ability to maintain their sustainability. A return to ‘normal’ will happen, albeit at this point, we do not know how or when. Employees will continue to need training, be that to continue in their existing roles or to assume new roles within the organisation.

In support of the national effort, Shannon Chamber Skillnet has postponed its public training courses until considered safe to resume offline training. We are continuing to work and are available to discuss any queries that your company or trainees have regarding our scheduled training programmes and supports for businesses.

We will continue to take bookings for programmes commencing at a later date in 2020, and for our online programmes, when we have them set up. We are also available to discuss your queries about any other future programmes we offer our member companies.

To assess how best to support our member companies, we have already linked up with many of our training providers to discuss how best to continue to offer required training to our members. We expect to be able to offer virtual training for some of our pre-arranged training and we will advertise these on our website and via our weekly newsletter as soon as we have the relevant details.

We are also delighted to announce that we will host our first-ever virtual networking forum which will be delivered as a webinar on Thursday, 26 March from 11.00am to 12noon. This is being delivered in collaboration with Rahi Systems, a global leading IT solutions provider, via their Limerick team.  The topic for discussion: How to maintain business continuity in a time of uncertainty will outline the range of technology solutions companies can deploy to help execute their continuity plans and how a company can position itself to support remote working.

Details of and registration for this webinar can be found at

Our aim, as a Chamber, is to assist our member companies as best we can through this crisis and beyond. We would therefore like to ascertain the types of training your company currently requires and what you feel will be pertinent in the months ahead. We will then endeavour to source a solution to providing this training in both online and offline formats – online in the short to medium term and perhaps as a dual option in the medium to long term.

Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes invites all member companies to forward a list of their training needs – types and numbers required (if available) at their earliest convenience.

“We will explore every opportunity to assist businesses into the future. We will ascertain how we can respond positively to our member companies’ training needs. It has never been more important that we remain fit for purpose; I would encourage companies to assist us in our endeavour to keep their employees fit for purpose.

“We would also like to reiterate the message being transmitted by Government that the HSE website is the authoritative source of information and advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ireland,” stated Ms Downes.