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What is the Digital Skillnet

Technology Ireland DIGITAL Skillnet is the National Training Network for the Software Technology sector in Ireland. The Network receives government funding under the Skillnet Ireland Training Networks Programme to support firms in the sector with subsidised training and education programmes.

The mission of the Digital Skillnet is to enable companies with software technology functions, to remain highly competitive, by facilitating active talent development and continuous up-skilling for staff.

The network was established as a strategic initiative of the Technology Ireland in 2006.

Network Aims

The aim of the network is:
  • To support software and digital technology companies to remain at the cutting edge of skills and knowledge.   
  • To enable companies to gain access to staff training and development programmes which are aligned to  their current needs.
  • To work with educational bodies in strategic partnerships to develop new educational solutions to meet new software sector needs.
  • To provide funding support for staff training thereby lowering training costs for companies.
  • To extend up-skilling opportunities to more employees and companies across the sector.


Support Funding

Technology Ireland DIGITAL Skillnet receives funding on an annual basis under the Training Networks Programme from Skillnet Ireland, the enterprise-led training agency. This allows the network to provide courses at a lower cost than commercial training courses – while still being delivered by the highest quality experts and trainers.

Over the last 3 years the Digital Skillnet has been awarded subsidies in excess of €2 million to support companies by significantly lowering the cost, and increasing the effectiveness of, organisational development strategies. The specific levels of subsidy for companies are allocated on a course-by-course basis.



Network Key Data

Over the last 6 years:

Developing Ireland's future workforce

Technology Ireland DIGITAL Skillnet primarily focusses on supporting those in employment within the technology sector. Whilst our key focus is on the needs of member companies, we also offer a small number of fully-funded programmes for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme.


We offer a limited number of FREE places to those who are unemployed and seeking to increase their employment prospects through up-skilling in relevant training. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to attend training with Technology Ireland Software Skillnet with no charge or impact on your social welfare payments or benefits (for those who are in receipt of such payments).

Click eligibility criteria for more details. 

Management development

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and its Learning Networks. The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results.

Click here for more information.