Prof Tom Cooney from DIT College of Business was recently appointed to the Board of Skillnets

22 September 2017

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Tom Cooney from DIT College of Business was recently appointed to the Board of Skillnets by the Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton.

Skillnets was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Approximately €25.9m was invested in learning and development through Skillnets networks, with member companies committing €12.8m, and a co-investment from Skillnets of a further €13.1m. Over 14,000 firms participated in 63 networks in 2016, with 50,373 trainees participating across all Skillnets programmes.

Over the coming years, Skillnets will be driven by three strategic goals that take into consideration their funding position, the skills needs of enterprises and the broad economic context. Firstly, training effectiveness and impact will be core to activities. Skillnets will promote continuous improvement in the learning experiences provided to firms through their networks, and will be a model for training excellence in an enterprise context. Secondly, Skillnets will play a pivotal role in maintaining a supply of the specific skills and future skills that impact the growth potential and competitiveness of firms. Thirdly, the organisation will promote increased participation of employers in the Skillnets proposition. Prof Cooney's initial term of appointment is for 3 years. 


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