IRD Duhallow Skillnet

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Welcome to the IRD Duhallow Skillnet Page.

IRD Duhallow Skillnet, established in May of 2015, is a multi sector learning network for companies of all sizes in Cork North West. The concept behind it is to deliver training locally, thereby reducing the cost, and travel time for local businesses. In turn, enabling local businesses to upskill employees affordably in a locally accessible location.

  • Supporting Enterprise
  • Subsidised Training
  • Skills Development
  • Source Trainers/Courses

The network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs across multiple sectors.

Upcoming Training

We have a wide range of upcoming training courses

Book any of our courses online on

Due to COVID-19 our in-house and face to face classes have been postponed.  Most of our courses have moved online.  We will switch the courses back to classroom when we receive approval from the .

Employment Activation Programme

IRD Duhallow Skillnet primarily focuses on supporting those in employment within the Duhallow region. 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 Duhallow 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.


Several other skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet ireland Employment Activation programme. This initative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For information on other Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment see the Skillnet Ireland Website:



Management Development

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and our networks.

The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses better achieve results. Click here for more information. 

Support for Child Care Providers and Creches

In collaboration with Early Childhood Ireland Duhallow Skillnet with our partners and Skillnet Ireland have fully funded a learning portal for all EHI members.  This portal includes a set of rebound.ietraining courses for member to help with back-to-work safely protocols, during, and after COVID-19.  Funding for this initiative was provided by ReBound. The Skillnet Ireland ReBound initiative upskills business owners and managers to take action now.

Click here for more information about this initiative

“The impact of Skillnet Ireland’s Rebound Initiative on our sector has been both immediate and immense. The partnership has been invaluable to our members in ensuring that they can return to work in a safe and confident way, allowing them to focus on providing safe, amazing experiences for young children.”

Elaine Sharkey, Director of Communications & Development, Early Childhood Ireland