• Budget 2022: Skillnet Ireland welcomes investment in talent

    Skillnet Ireland, a business support agency of the Government of Ireland, has welcomed the focus on talent within Budget 2022 and the Government’s decision to increase its funding allocation for 2022. Today’s budget saw Skillnet Ireland receive total exchequer funding of €42 million for 2022 through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. As the economy recovers, investment in talent development remains vital in preparing businesses for future challenges including rapid digitalisation and climate action, and in ensuring Ireland has the talent pipeline needed to grow FDI investment into the future. Working in partnership with 57 industry bodies and clusters, Skillnet Ireland supports over 21,000 businesses every year, of all sizes in every sector throughout Ireland ranging from SMEs to multinationals. Today’s investment reflects the continued commitment of Government to talent development and will enable the expansion of our programmes in digital transformation SME leadership development and business innovation. Skillnet Ireland also secured additional resources for scaling the vital work we are leading in the arena of talent for climate action.  Speaking after the Budget 2022 announcement Skillnet Ireland Chairperson, Brendan McGinty said: “Today’s investment in Skillnet Ireland is a testament to our work in driving innovation and supporting business growth through talent. The agency’s focus on strategic talent development has yielded notable success in recent years, helping businesses to weather challenges and in positioning the Irish economy for long-term resilience and growth. The funding confirmed in Budget 2022 will enable Skillnet Ireland to expand its vital support for businesses and workers in Ireland, across all regions.”

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