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Welcome to the March edition of kinetic

  Welcome to the first kinetic of 2021. While this year continues to challenge, it also presents opportunity. In this edition, you'll learn how the MentorsWork programme supported SMEs nationwide, recent research and findings from the design sector, news on the latest innovative programme from the biopharmaceutical sector, as well as insights from our Chief Executive Paul Healy as he speaks to Newsweek about the challenges facing Irish businesses. With the road to recovery in sight, we're excited about the potential 2021 still has in store. We look forward to sharing news from Skillnet Ireland and our excellent work with our industry partners across the economy. 

Helping SMEs address immediate challenges and focus on long-term opportunities

The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which coincided with the launch of MentorsWork, resulted in an increased focus on addressing and responding to immediate challenges. As businesses grappled with unprecedented levels of disruption, the support delivered through MentorsWork enabled those SMEs to take stock of their position and determine what they needed to do to remain productive and competitive.

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New Biopharmaceutical Training embraces Virtual Reality

BioPharmaChem Skillnet, in association with TU Dublin, launched a new programme that could revolutionise skills development in the sector. Using virtual reality (#VR) technology in a stimulated classroom, this immersive programme will improve overall efficiency and how training is delivered.


Design Skillnet Research Shows Soaring Demand

Design Skillnet’s ‘Design Practice in Ireland’ new research report, launched in partnership with Skillnet Ireland, signals an immediate and urgent demand for designers and design skills.


Skillnet Ireland named Best Agency Support

At the recent Chambers Ireland InBusiness Awards Skillnet Ireland was named 'Best Agency Support 2020'. This marks the third consecutive year in which Skillnet Ireland has been recognised for its work with the business community in Ireland.


Newsweek: Ireland – New Dawn, New Opportunities

Against the backdrop of Brexit and amid the challenges of an ongoing pandemic, Ireland’s resolve remains steadfast. Skillnet Ireland Chief Executive Paul Healy recently spoke to Newsweek magazine as part of its country report on Ireland alongside leading political and industry voices.

The Network Insider


The Network Insider with Cork Chamber Skillnet

For our first Network Insider interview of 2021, we spoke to Garrett O’Rourke, Cork Chamber Skillnet Network Manager to learn about the range of support they offer to businesses in the Cork region, emerging industry trends and much more.

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Making Remote Work: National Remote Work Strategy

McKinsey & Company: Hire for more skills, less for industry experience

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