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Monday 14 October 2019

25% increase in people taking Skillnet training programmes

Chairperson of Skillnet Brendan McGinty and Chief Executive Paul Healy launch their annual report
Chairperson of Skillnet Brendan McGinty and Chief Executive Paul Healy launch their annual report

Pádraig Byrne

A total of 1,892 people in Wexford took part in a Skillnet Ireland training programme in 2018, according to their latest figures, representing a 25% increase on the previous year.

Skillnet are a national agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning, maintaining that having a highly skilled workforce is essential to Ireland's national competitiveness.

According to the agency's latest figures, there was a sharp increase last year in those participating in training and upskilling programmes as the country experienced record employment levels.

In Wexford, 515 firms benefited from Skillnet Ireland supported upskilling programmes. This, however, represented a drop of 6% from 2017.

Responding to Skillnet's 2018 Annual Report, Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh said: 'The work of Skillnet Ireland ensures that Irish enterprise and the workforce have the ability to adapt to new demands of the future skills market and aligns fully with Future Jobs Ireland, the whole-of-Government plan to position our economy to meet the challenges that lie ahead.'

For more information on the types of training and supports available, visit skillnetireland.ie.

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