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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.

Steering Group

Ann QuigleyHuman ResourcesCentenary Thurles Co-operative Creamery Ltd.0504-91900aquigley@centenarythurles.com
Lydia MahonHead of Group 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 MoherHead of Farm Trading ServicesTipperary 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
Stephen HickeyHuman Resources Business PartnerGlanbia Agri Business056-777-2200shickey@glanbia.ie
Mairead HarnettHuman Resources ManagerKerry Agri Business063-35052maireadl.harnett@kerry.ie
T. J. FlanaganCEOICOS Ltd01-676-4783t.flanagan@icos.ie
Michaela Ronan DowneyHuman ResourcesNorth Cork Co-operative029-50003michaela@northcorkcreameries.com

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.