June 25, 2013

Skillnets Ltd publishes Annual Report 2012- National Skills Agency delivers significant increase in numbers trained in 2012

The Skillnets Annual Report 2012 published today, reports that in 2012 the national skills agency delivered significant increases in the numbers of employees and job-seekers trained.  The total numbers in receipt of training was up by 10% on 2011 figures, and represented an increase of 17% on training days delivered.  The level of training supported by Skillnets exceeded annual targets and was delivered through a number of programmes focusing on a wide variety of training options representing specific industry sectors key to Ireland’s future economic growth.

Impact of Training

In a 2012 survey with companies, 86% of companies agreed that Skillnets training had helped them to fill skill gaps in their businesses with 84% of companies reporting that training was likely to enhance the long-term performance of their business.  Of companies surveyed, 98% agreed that investment in Skillnets training represented value for money and  reduced the barriers to finding relevant training (81%).


Specific increases were also noted in supports for job-seekers with over 7,000 job-seekers engaging in training, an increase of over 1,000 on 2011 figures.   Job-seeker trainees undertook over 53,000 training days, an increase of over 12,000 training days on 2011 figures.   Of those who participated in job-seeker training, 46% were long-term unemployed and a significant proportion of them had been out of the labour market for more than three years.

In total, €23.9 million was invested in developing the skills of over 44,000 people in Ireland through the agency in 2012. Of this, €13 million was invested from the National Training Fund (NTF) through Skillnets and €10.9 million from companies.  Trainees benefitted from over 239,000 training days, delivered by 56 Skillnet networks across the country.


For the full report please click on the link below.


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