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Skillnets Statement of Strategy 2016-2019

Over the next four years, Skillnets will be driven by three strategic goals that take into consideration our funding, national policy concerning the importance of developing skills and talent, the needs of enterprise and the economic context. Skillnets goals reflect the essential needs of industry, as articulated by enterprises during the broad consultation process that underpins this strategy.

View Skillnets Statement of Strategy at http://www.skillnets.ie/skillnets-strategy

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Skillnets Annual Report 2015

18% More Businesses Investing in their Workforce - Lifelong learning is key to business growth, according to Skillnets report

Thousands more businesses are prioritising staff training and retention as they compete for the talent needed to expand their enterprise. Figures from the Skillnets Annual Report 2015 reveal that the number of businesses accessing Skillnets supported training grew by 18% in 2015, with over 12,800 businesses investing in their staff across a range of sectors. Over 321,000 training days were delivered during 2015 through 5,842 training courses. Eighty-five percent of the businesses that benefited from investment in training through Skillnets in 2015 were SMEs with 250 staff or under.

View Skillnets Annual Report 2015 at http://www.skillnets.ie/publications.

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Finuas 2020 Strategy

The Government has targeted the creation of 10,000 new jobs within the sector as part of IFS2020, a strategy for Ireland’s IFS sector 2015–2020. The strategy highlights the key role played by skills development as a driver of continuous improvement and competitiveness. Within this context, the Finuas 2020 Strategy
has been developed as a suite of actions with a specific focus on skills development, which reflect the goals of IFS2020 and contribute to their implementation.

View Finuas 2020 Strategy at http://www.skillnets.ie/publications

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A Skills Needs Analysis of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland 2015

Commissioned by Summit Finuas Network, this report is a major boost to government plans to grow the sector by 10,000 net jobs between now and 2020. Director of Financial Services Ireland (Ibec) Marc Coleman welcomed the report, “The findings of this report are a significant boost to achieving the central job creation goal of IFS 2020 strategy”. However he added that the industry’s future success could not be taken for granted, “This report should be a first step in a collaborative approach across industry and the public sector to proactively deliver the training and skills required to drive the growth of the IFS into the future.”

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Skillnets Annual Report 2014

SMEs are showing improved signs of staff investment and expansion. That’s the message from Skillnets - the national agency responsible for funding and supporting training networks - as it launched its Annual Report for 2014.

Figures from the report reveal that 86% of the companies that benefited from a €24.9m investment in training and development in 2014 were SMEs. Over 291,000 training days were delivered during 2014 through 5,537 training courses. This resulted in the up-skilling of over 46,000 employees across 10,879 companies, demonstrating a strong focus on business development among SMEs.

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IFS2020: A Strategy for Ireland’s International Financial Services sector 2015-2020

The overarching IFS2020 target is to grow the level of direct employment in the IFS sector from its current level of 35,000 to 45,000 people by 2020. The Strategy acknowledges that realising this growth potential relies on the availability of high quality skills that meet the needs of a sector that is facing both significant challenges and opportunities in an international context. Finuas has been assigned responsibility for 2 of the 6 actions contained in IFS2020 which relate specifically to skills development.

IFS2020 Report

Finuas features in Skillnets News, April 2014

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a three page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its three networks.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, September 2013

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a three page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its three networks.

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Annual Report 2012 published - 25th June 2013

The Skillnets Annual Report 2012 reports that in 2012 the national skills agency delivered significant increases in the numbers of employees and job-seekers trained.  The total numbers in receipt of training was up by 10% on 2011 figures, and represented an increase of 17% on training days delivered.  The level of training supported by Skillnets exceeded annual targets and was delivered through a number of programmes focusing on a wide variety of training options representing specific industry sectors key to Ireland’s future economic growth.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, March 2013

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a three page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its three networks.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, September 2012

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its three networks.

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Annual Report 2011 - June 2012

The Skillnets Annual Report 2011 reports that in 2011 €22.6 million was invested in developing the skills of over 42,113 people in Ireland. Skillnets supports training networks across the country with resources and expertise to design and deliver training solutions that contribute to competitiveness and the employability of employees and job-seekers. €12.1 million was invested from the National Training Fund (NTF) and €10.5 million from companies. Trainees benefitted from over 221,682 training days, delivered by 72 Skillnet networks across the country.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, March 2012

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its three networks.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, September 2011

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its four networks.

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Strategy for the International Financial Services Industry in Ireland 2011-2016

The Department of the Taoiseach launched this documnent in June 2011, setting out a vision for the future development of the IFSC, with the goal of ensuring that the best possible environment for growth is maintained and improving Ireland’s attractiveness as a financial centre. One of the key areas identified to achieve this is the targeted development of appropriate skills.

The report states that the "Finuas programme has promoted skills development, and through increased coordination and scale has facilitated new training offerings. The programme continues to be supported as a cost-effective way of improving capabilities, encouraging additional higher-value activities to be based in Ireland, and protecting jobs”.

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Annual Report 2010 - June 2011

The Skillnets Annual Report 2010 reports that in 2010 €17.3 million was invested in developing the skills of over 39,000 people in Ireland. Skillnets proactively responds to enterprise needs by focusing on facilitating the changing needs of employers through best practice training, while simultaneously meeting the needs of the unemployed. €8.4 million was invested from the National Training Fund (NTF) and €8.9 million from companies. Trainees benefitted from over 185,000 training days, delivered by over 60 Skillnet networks across the country.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, April 2011

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its four networks.

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Finuas features in Skillnets News, September 2010

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its four networks.

Download the Finuas excerpt here
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Finuas features in Skillnets News, April 2010

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its four networks.

Download the Finuas excerpt here
Download the full newsletter here

Finuas features in Skillnets News, September 2009

The latest issue of the Skillnets newsletter Skillnets News has just been released and there is a two page spread dedicated to the Finuas Networks Programme and its four networks.

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The Finuas Networks Programme 2009-10

Detailed background to the programme covering the training objectives, programme management and processes and guidelines to making a network application.
Finuas Networks Programme 2009-10
What is Finuas

A summary briefing sheet on Finuas and its key objectives
What is Finuas
Skillnets Training Networks Programme 2007-09

A report on the 2007-09 Training Networks Programme currently being operated by Skillnets
Training Networks Programme report
The Future Skills and Research Needs of the International Financial Services Industry (2007), Forfas, EGFSN & CHG Report

The Future Skills and Research Needs of the International Financial Services Industry outlines Ireland's current and future skills requirements in relation to the international financial services industry. The report also identifies the need to enhance provision of these skills and the importance of improving Ireland's research capacity in the area of financial services.
International Financial Services Industry
Building on Success – The International Financial Services Industry in Ireland (2006), Department of the Taoiseach

The Government believes that the time is opportune to re-affirm its commitment to the industry, to build on the work undertaken since 1999 and to implement an agreed work programme to ensure that we proactively pursue appropriate actions for the further development of the industry. My Department and the IFSC Clearing House Group, still maintains the central role it has occupied since the beginning of the IFSC in 1987 and it is intended that it should play an active part in overseeing the implementation of this report.
Building on success
Future of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland (2004), IDA commissioned report by Deloitte

Future of the International Financial Services Sector in Ireland (2004), IDA commissioned report by Deloitte IDA Ireland report revisiting national strategy and policy for attracting inward investment from international financial services companies. Also covers global trends and new business models in the international financial services sector and their impact on the potential for further development of the sector in Ireland.
Deloitte Report