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What is the Software Skillnet

Software Skillnet is the National Training Network for the Software Technology sector in Ireland. The Network receives government funding under the Skillnets Training Networks Programme to support firms in the sector with grant-aided training and education programmes.

The mission of the Software Skillnet is to enable companies with software technology functions, to remain highly competitive, by facilitating active talent development and continuous up-skilling for staff.

The network was established as a strategic initiative of the Technology Ireland in 2006.


Network Aims

The aim of the network is:
  • To support software and digital technology companies to remain at the cutting edge of skills and knowledge.   
  • To enable companies to gain access to staff training and development programmes which are aligned to  their current needs.
  • To work with educational bodies in strategic partnerships to develop new educational solutions to meet new software sector needs.
  • To provide grant-aid support for staff training thereby lowering training costs for companies.
  • To extend up-skilling opportunities to more employees and companies across the sector.

Grant Funding

The Software Skillnet receives funding on an annual basis under the Training Networks Programme from Skillnets, the enterprise-led training agency. This allows the network to provide courses at a lower cost than commercial training courses – while still being delivered by the highest quality experts and trainers.

Over the last 3 years the Software Skillnet has been awarded grants in excess of €2 million to support companies by significantly lowering the cost, and increasing the effectiveness of, organisational development strategies. The specific levels of subsidy for companies are allocated on a course-by-course basis.



Network Key Data

Over the last 6 years: