Since 2003 Galway Executive Skillnet has been offering training to local companies to help increase competitiveness through upskilling managers and employees. In 2018, the network was approved for its largest ever budget and will provide training to over 1,200 individuals to over 300 Galway companies.

Speaking at the launch of its 2018 training plan at the ICE Group in Centrepoint, Liosban, Director of ICE Group and the new promoter of Galway Executive Skillnet, Margaret Cox, outlined the ambitious plans for 2018 and beyond. “This has been an excellent business network for Galway in recent years, and we have many exciting ideas to build on the solid foundations and further improve our offering to become the most successful Skillnet network in Ireland, Margaret explained.

The launch was also addressed by the recently appointed Network Manager, Carl Blake. Having worked for a number of years as Executive Director with Skillnet Ireland in Dublin, Carl shared his insights into some learning trends including future skills needs for Irish enterprises such as management development. Carl also outlined the value proposition of Galway Executive Skillnet. “The secret sauce of Galway Skillnet is that it is enterprise-led and is driven by the needs of member companies who know what training they need, and how they want it delivered.”

Galway Executive Skillnet has a steering group of eight, representing local businesses of all sizes from micro and small enterprises to multinationals. The steering group also reflects the diverse sectors in the network including hospitality, life sciences, manufacturing, retail and business services.

By constantly reviewing the training needs for current and future skills, Carl believes that a Skillnet network is the perfect model and forum tor ensuring that the right learning solutions are provided, with a particular emphasis on small business. “It is all about providing quality, relevant and affordable training delivered locally in Galway at a time that suits to ensure minimum disruption to business”.

For further information on the course schedule or how to join, including free membership for micro businesses, visit 

Galway Executive Skillnet is one of 67 networks supported by Skillnet Ireland under the Training Networks Programme which is funded by the Department of Education and Skills.