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About ICOS Skillnet

The ICOS Skillnet is a network of member co-operatives nationwide. Members use the network to avail of grant-assisted training and networking opportunities for their owners, managers and staff.

We believe that members need to improve the skills of their workforce if they are to grow and be successful in today’s business environment.

The ICOS Skillnet’s application under the Skillnets Training Networks Programme 2016/17 has been successful and grant aid for 2017 has been secured.

The network’s long term strategy is to continue in supporting the co-op and agri-business sectors in meeting their training & development needs to sustain competitiveness and growth for the sectors.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide industry specific, customised and most relevant training to the member companies in order to improve their competitiveness.
  • To promote training as a viable strategic tool.
  • To improve the quality of training and development activities and provide real opportunities to employees of the member companies.
  • To assist in creating a long term future for co-operative businesses in rural areas.
  • To contribute to the upskilling of the unemployed.

We provide training in the following areas: Co-operative & Industrial Provident Society Director Training; People Management; Planning & Strategy; Management Development; Communication Skills; Sales & Marketing; Finance; Technical Skills; Health & Safety and Information Technology.

In keeping with the current focus of Skillnets, ICOS Skillnet also offers FREE training places to job-seekers who are training with those in employment. If you are unemployed and fulfill the Skillnets’ definition of a job-seeker, you can attend a range of ICOS Skillnet courses at no cost. For eligibility criteria, please check the following website: http://www.skillnets.ie/job-seekers/eligibility-criteria.

For further information on ICOS Skillnet, please contact (01) 613-1348 or email info@icosskillnet.ie

The ICOS Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets, funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills.

About Skillnets

Skillnets is a state funded, enterprise-led support body dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of training and upskilling as key elements in sustaining Ireland’s national competitiveness.

They support and fund networks of enterprises to engage in training under the Training Networks Programme (TNP). These networks, now referred to as ‘Skillnets’, are led and managed by the enterprises themselves to design, manage and deliver specific training programmes across a broad range of industry and service sectors nationwide.

Since 1999, Skillnets has facilitated over 70,000 Irish enterprises, in over 400 networks to improve the range, scope and quality of training and allowed over 300,000 employees to upskill and meet their work related training needs.

In the Training Networks Programme (TNP) 2016/17 Skillnets’ networks are also providing training to job-seekers, who train with those in employment. By training with those in employment, job-seekers have access to networking opportunities and can keep up to date with their sector while participating in relevant industry-specific training programmes.

For further information on Skillnets please visit: www.skillnets.ie

Steering Group

NamePositionOrganisationPhoneEmail
Ann QuigleyHRCentenary Thurles Co-operative Creamery Ltd.0504-91900aquigley@centenarythurles.com
Lydia MahonHead of Human Resources Aurivo Co-operative Society Limited071 9186500lydia.mahon@aurivo.ie


Philip DucieChairman ICOS Skillnet & Human Resources Manager - Agri DivisionDairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd.025-24411pducie@dairygold.ie
Tom MoherTrading ManagerTipperary Co-operative Creamery Ltd. 062-33111tmoher@tipperary-coop.ie
Gus MurphyDirectorCork Co-Operative Marts Ltd.087-672-5136marianmurphycrowley@gmail.com
James O'DonnellBoard MemberNCFRS Ltd. (Farm Relief Services)087-813-7871athiseal@gmail.com
Martina TobinHuman Resources ManagerArrabawn Co-Operative Society Ltd.067-41800mtobin@arrabawn.ie
Michael O'DriscollPurchasing ManagerBandon Co-Operative Agricultural & Dairy Society Ltd.02388-29012modriscoll@bandoncoop.ie
Niamh HaydenHuman Resources Officer - AgribusinessGlanbia Agri Business056-7746006nhayden@glanbia.ie
Mairead HarnettHR ManagerKerry Agri Business063-35052maireadl.harnett@kerry.ie
T. J. FlanaganCEOICOS Ltd01-676-4783t.flanagan@icos.ie

The ICOS Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education & Skills.