SFA Skillnet

Established in 2019, SFA Skillnet is a multi-sector learning network for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Working in partnership with its members, the network runs programmes supported by government funding to address skills gaps within the industry.

All training delivered by the network is funded by the Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills. Our training courses are listed on our events page and are listed below. The cost of open programmes is heavily subsidised for SFA members with a one day programme costing €95 and a two day programme costing €190.

Member companies work collaboratively to share best practice and to respond effectively to the specific skills needs of SMEs. The network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs of members and delivers training through open and in-house programmes.

The objective of the network is to improve the competitiveness and productivity of SMEs through training across three core areas: Management Skills, the Talent Lifecycle and Future Skills. Our upcoming courses are:

CourseDate/DatesLocationDetails and Booking
SFA Skillnet A Master Class in SalesMay 22Bank of Ireland (Workbench Branch), Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Dublin 15FULLY BOOKED
SFA Skillnet Leadership and Management Skills (Two Day Programme)May 23 and June 13Bank of Ireland (Workbench Branch), Blanchardstown Corporate Park, Dublin 15Click here
SFA Skillnet Essential People Management Skills (Two Day Programme)May 28 and June 11Maldron Hotel Newlands Cross, Dublin 22FULLY BOOKED
SFA Skillnet Leverage your Brand to Sell Online May 30Ibec/SFA Offices, Dublin 2Click here
SFA Skillnet Pitching to Win BusinessMay 30Ibec/SFA Offices, Dublin 2Click here
SFA Skillnet Leading Digital Transformation for Business GrowthJune 5Maynooth University, Maynooth, Co. KildareClick here
SFA Skillnet Financial Planning for a Growing BusinessJune 11Bank of Ireland Montrose, Dublin 4Click here
SFA Skillnet Affordable & Impactful CRM Strategies for SMEsJune 12Bank of Ireland Montrose, Dublin 4Click here
SFA Skillnet Creating a Culture of Health and Wellbeing in your WorkplaceJune 14Ibec/SFA Offices, Dublin 2Click here
SFA Skillnet Storytelling for ExecutivesJune 25Ibec/SFA Offices, Dublin 2Click here

SFA Skillnet is promoted by the Small Firms Association. Membership of the network is open to all private enterprises, including sole traders, based in the Republic of Ireland. You can join SFA Skillnet for free. Course schedules are subject to demand and in exceptional circumstances courses can be postponed or cancelled. Participants will be advised of the next starting dates for the same course and offered a place on this course.

By signing up for SFA Skillnet membership you get a number of benefits including:
    • Save up to 60% on the cost of training
    • Attend courses and training tailored to SMEs
    • Attend network events for SMEs
    • Save time on procurement and training administration as this is all done by the SFA Skillnet.

If you would like to join or discuss your training needs, please contact Geraldine Lavin, SFA Skillnet Network Manager, on 087 7871642 or email geraldine.lavin@sfa.ie.

Skillnet Ireland is mandated to support private sector enterprise. Public sector organisations and companies based outside the Republic of Ireland cannot become part of a Skillnet network. Charities and not-for-profit organisations can take part in Skillnet training courses by ensuring the payment for training does not come from public funds. Contact Geraldine to discuss this further.