Innovation Inishowen Skillnet programme, a new network for businesses in the Inishowen peninsula to further improve innovation in the northwest region, was officially launched yesterday by Skillnet Ireland at An Grianan Hotel in Burt (Donegal). 

Promoted by Donegal Digital partner Inishowen Development Partnership, Innovation Inishowen Skillnet has been established to support to a range of local enterprises in upskilling staff locally. Businesses from a wide range of sectors (including, engineering, manufacturing, transport, travel, tourism, hospitality, farming and fishing) will now benefit from the new network in Inishowen.

John Farren, Innovation Inishowen Skillnet Chairman, welcomed the attendees to this half-day event in which they could learn more about staff retention with 'Train to Retain' skills; the importance of Skillnet programmes to industry; how to growth businesses through research and development and the value of utilising local resources to expand the talent pool.

“We are committed to regional development by ensuring that businesses across the country have access to supports which encourage productivity, growth, entrepreneurship & collaboration", stated Paul Healy Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland during the launch of the programme. Correspondingly, Inishowen Development Partnership encourages the success of sustainable employment of the local companies. "We developed this exciting Skillnet as local companies identified the need for additional support to build their capacity and create a robust and resilient, skilled workforce", added Shauna McClenaghan, IDP Joint CEO and promoter of Innovation Inishowen Skillnet, during the closing address.

The guest speaker of the event was Richard Curran, an award-winning journalist and presenter of The Business on RTE 1. Apart from him, Dearbhla Kelly, from Donegal ETB, presented the range of programmes on currently offer. Furthermore, Ana Mc Colgan, Inishowen Innovation Skillnet / IDP, explained the network overview and supports to network member companies. Finally, Aidan Mc KennaRegional Director of North East & North West Enterprise Ireland, spoke about drawing out ideas from local talent pool to bring R&D projects forward. 

About Skillnet Ireland
Skillnet Ireland is a business support agency funded by the Department of Education and Skills of the Government of Ireland. The main objective is to "advance the competitiveness, productivity and innovation of Irish businesses through enterprise-led workforce development" and to address businesses' current and future skills needs. Find out more!


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