What we do
The ICOS Skillnet is a network of member co-operatives nationwide. Members use the network to avail of grant-assisted training and networking opportunities for their owners, managers and staff.
We believe that members need to improve the skills of their workforce if they are to grow and be successful in today’s business environment.
The ICOS Skillnet application under the Skillnet Ireland Training Networks Programme 2018/19 has been successful and grant aid for 2019 has been secured.
The network’s long term strategy is to continue in supporting the co-op and agri-business sectors in meeting their training & development needs to sustain competitiveness and growth for the sectors.
We provide training in the following areas: Co-operative & Industrial Provident Society Director
Training; People Management; Planning & Strategy; Management Development; Communication Skills; Sales & Marketing; Finance; Technical Skills; Health & Safety and Information Technology.
For further information on ICOS Skillnet, please contact (01) 613-1348 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The ICOS Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.
The aims of the programme are:
- To provide industry specific, customised and most relevant training to the member companies in order to improve their competitiveness.
- To promote training as a viable strategic tool.
- To improve the quality of training and development activities and provide real opportunities to employees of the member companies.
- To assist in creating a long term future for co-operative businesses in rural areas.
- To contribute to the upskilling of the unemployed.
Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is key priority for all Skillnet Ireland networks. In addition to the programmes our network delivers, Skillnet Ireland has a suite of Management Development Programmes available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results. Click here for more information on the Skillnet Ireland website.
ICOS Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the co-operative and agri-business sector. A number of other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, see the Skillnet Ireland website.
“ICOS skillnet has been crucial in supporting the development and delivery of our learning and development within the business.”
Stephen Hickey - HR Business Partner
“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.”
Michael O’Driscoll - Purchasing Manager
“Dairygold Co-Operative Society have engaged with and have been supported by ICOS Skillnet on our Learning and Development agenda over many years.”