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Inisowen Skillnet facilitates SkillsConnect Programmes. Skills Connect is designed in partnership with enterprise to enhance cross-sector employability and support people who have lost their jobs. It offers a suite of bespoke upskilling and training solutions, designed by enterprise, aimed at supporting re-entry into the workforce.
Skills Connect offers free online training programmes and enterprise-led virtual job placements to jobseekers looking for new jobs and careers. This valuable initiative offers individuals the opportunity to develop new skills or reskill, build confidence and access practical on-the-job training.
Inishowen Skillnet has received funding from Skillnet Ireland for training courses through the SkillsConnect initiative 2021. See our latest Skills Connect Programme details here.
Skills Connect – For Individuals
Have you found yourself out of work and need to develop your skills? Skills Connect has been specifically designed for you.
Skills Connect offers free, training interventions both online during the covid restrictions and in-class when the option becomes available. The training will help you reskill and develop the skills that employers are looking for today. The Inishowen Skillnet Network offers innovative training and upskilling programmes, each offering practical work placements or projects.
Our skills conversion courses can help you develop the skills to explore a career in a sector with greater employment potential. Enhance your job prospects by refreshing your existing skillset and expertise and learn new skills.
Applicants must meet the Skills Connect eligibility criteria and meet the specific entry criteria for the relevant programme.
Skills Connect – For Business
Through Skills Connect, Inishowen Skillnet Networks has to developed sector-specific responses to support the development of those whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19.
Support from Skills Connect will help us to help you address challenges facing Inishowen enterprises and our workforce including; Brexit, the acceleration of digitalisation and supporting Ireland’s green economy. Here at the Inishowen Skillnet, we work in partnership with enterprises to design rapid upskilling supports for impacted workers.
COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment
People in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) may participate in training delivered through Skillnet Ireland’s Skills Connect scheme. As most training available through these initiatives is of short duration or part-time, recipients may continue to receive the PUP. However, once recipients identify the specific training programme that they wish to undertake, they must check their eligibility to retain the PUP with their Intreo office.
Unemployed people with an entitlement to a Jobseekers Allowance (JA) or Jobseekers Benefit (JB) payment from the Department of Employment Affairs & Social Protection (DEASP) may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department.
People in receipt of other forms of income support from DEASP may retain such payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that Department. Other forms of income support include:
- Jobseeker’s Credits only
- Blind Pension
- Disability Allowance
- Farm/Fish Assist
- Illness Benefit
- Invalidity Pension
- One-Parent Family Payment
- Rural Social Scheme
- Supplementary Welfare Allowance
- Adult Dependants (of listed schemes)
Eligible Individuals who are not Welfare Payment Recipients
Individuals who are not in receipt of a welfare payment from DEASP and whose circumstances are described below are eligible to participate.
- Former sole traders and business owners
- Recent graduates who are unemployed
- Retirees seeking to return to the workplace
- Individuals who fail to qualify for social welfare payments because of a spouse’s income
- Individuals signing on for credits but in receipt of no social welfare payment
- Individuals who have recently accepted redundancy payments
- Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 4
Programme Duration Conditions for Welfare Recipients
Programmes offered by Skillnet Ireland networks may be full or part-time and may be continuous or staggered over time. Programmes typically will incorporate a work placement, the duration of which is included in the overall course duration.
Programmes of 20 or less days’ Duration
Programmes of 20 or less days’ duration may be pursued without prior approval from Intreo Offices/DEASP Scheme Areas. Individuals in receipt of a Job-seekers payment or other payment (listed above) should inform their local offices, wherever possible in advance, of their intention to participate in such short programmes.
Programmes Exceeding 20 days’ Duration
Individuals in receipt of a Job-seekers payment or other payment (listed above) must receive prior approval from INTREO Offices/DEASP Scheme Areas to participate on programmes delivered by training networks that exceed 20 days in duration. For example, Disability Allowance recipients should contact the Disability Allowance Section within DEASP.
Ineligible Unemployed Individuals
Skillnet Ireland, under its current mandate, does not provide training to unemployed people who fall into any of the following categories:
- Current participants on Jobs Initiative (JI) Schemes
- Non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationals holding immigration Stamp 1, Stamp 2 or Stamp 3
- Full-time students engaged in second or third-level education.
Important Additional Information for Unemployed Individuals
Please note that:
- Once eligibility has been established, it is the responsibility of the Skillnet Learning Network to decide who participates in training based on the network’s programme selection criteria
- Skillnet Learning Network Managers may seek information about previous work history, education and career aspirations to ensure programmes that candidates are interested in completing are relevant
- If training occurs on the same day as a signing day, it is the responsibility of the learner to inform the INTREO Office and arrange an alternative signing day prior to commencing training
- All trainees are required to complete relevant programme documentation including a Participant Profile Form and a Training Evaluation Form
- After training is complete, learners may be contacted by the Skillnet Learning Networks or a representative of Skillnet Ireland for the purposes of evaluating programmes and determining how learners have progressed since the completion of training
- Learners must be resident in the Republic of Ireland