The F.I.E.L.D.S Project is a Sector Skills Alliance (Blue Print for Skills) project, addressing the current and Future skIll needs for sustainability, digitalization, and the bio-Economy in agricuLture: European skills agenDa and Strategy

This is a new project in collaboration with Copa Cogeca to establish a training committee to benchmark skills across the agricultural sector, with specific focus on:

  • Agricultural sustainability, management of natural resources and climate action,
  • Digital technologies, digitalization, big data and artificial intelligence,
  • Bio-Economy & Circular Economy and bio-based products
  • Soft skills
  • Business & Entrepreneurship Skills

The project is aimed at farm level, co-operative level and seeks to include higher educational providers in the area of VET training for industry.

The project includes 30 partners from 12 countries, namely, Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Nederland, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain and has a total budget of €3,996,600.

The project started in January 2020 and will last for a total of four years, up to the 31st December 2023.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission, ERASMUS+ 2014-2020 Programme.

Key Action 3 – Sector Skills Alliance

Agreement No: 612664-EPP-1-2019-1-IT-EPPKA2-SSA-B

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“ICOS skillnet has been crucial in supporting the development and delivery of our learning and development within the business.”

“Their support in the development of courses has been hugely beneficial with access to industry working groups to help shape the training to best meet our business needs. It is also through the ICOS network that we have been able to access the best trainers available to deliver the training and add real value to our learning and development programmes year on year. Our staff, and the overall business in general, have benefited greatly from ICOS and this is a major factor into our continued support of this network”
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Stephen Hickey - HR Business Partner

Glanbia Agribusiness

“Bandon Co-op are strong advocates of continuous training and without question improved knowledge is an essential component in the skillset of our staff who in turn contribute to the success of our organisation.”

“We have been associated with ICOS/Skillnet for a number of years now and the best thing about this partnership is they provide educational course content that is relevant to our specific industry. Recently ICOS/Skillnets developed their own Management Development Programme and was rolled out earlier this year. The key aim of this programme is to improve the capabilities of middle management and those wishing to enter management. Feedbackfrom our participants on the programme to date has been very positive due to the highly interactive learning environment”
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Michael O’Driscoll - Purchasing Manager

Bandon Co-op

“Dairygold Co-Operative Society have engaged with and have been supported by ICOS Skillnet on our Learning and Development agenda over many years.”

“From a business perspective we have partnered with the ICOS skillnet network in sourcing and supporting training initiatives across all levels of our organisation. The return on investment and the knowledge transfer have been to the forefront on evaluating all training initiatives. ICOS Skillnet have continually delivered to ensure our training interventions meet the learning objectives through their wide range of training providers. The network and its training providers have a deep understanding of not only the industry but of each member company. I, as HR Manager, look forward to continuing our engagement and involvement with ICOS Skillnet.”
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Philip Ducie - Human Resources Manager

Dairygold Co-Operative Society