What is Skills Connect?

Skills Connect is a new initiative launched by Skillnet Ireland which aims to assist workers severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to rapidly upskill or undertake innovative transition courses to access new employment opportunities.

Skills Connect is designed in partnership with enterprise to enhance cross-sector employability and support people who have been displaced from employment. Fingal Chamber Skillnet, through the Skills Connect Programme, offers upskilling and training, designed by enterprise, aimed at supporting re-entry into the workforce.

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How does it work?

Displaced from employment, looking for a new career direction and need to develop your skills?

Skills Connect offers fully subsidised training which will help you upskill and develop the skills required for employment. Our team, in Fingal Chamber Skillnet, will enrol participants in a Career Transition Programme over two mornings to identify your key skills and deliver marketing techniques to improve your overall job seeking profile. The Career Transition Programme will be followed by appropriate upskilling training. Our skills conversion courses can help you develop the skills to explore a career in a sector with greater employment potential. Current training courses: Customs Clearance – Procedures and Systems, QQI Office Administration and management.

Skills Connect Programmes are free for people who are seeking employment.

How will it benefit you?

  1. Training Programmes
    Take advantage of new job opportunities with a range of programmes designed with enterprise to assist you in developing new skills.
  2. Structured Support
    Career development support that offers new perspectives and approaches to expanding your career choices.
  3. Practical Experience
    Skills Connect includes practical industry-based placements and projects with employers which offer the opportunity to apply your new skills.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enthusiasm and motivation to participate in the blended learning approach which will include tutor-led live interactive webinar classes as well as classroom-based learning (when permitted).
  • Commitment to an intensive training programme and a willingness to undertake additional independent study to upskill.
  • You must not be working.
  • You must be eligible to work in Ireland, holding either EU or EEA Citizenship, or the appropriate immigration permit (stamp 4).
  • Must have Laptop / Computer with a camera to actively participate within an on-line learning platform, as well as suitable internet capability.
  • You must be currently unemployed or in receipt of Covid 19 payment.

For more information on the eligibility criteria please see here

"I would highly recommend Skills Connect from Fingal Chamber Skillnet. A great career transition programme to motivate and revitalise you to look at the prospects for employment in a new way"



"Many thanks to the team at Fingal Chamber Skillnet who gave me the opportunity of a place on their Skills Connect - Customs Training Programme. I have now taken a job offered to me by one of their network member companies in Customs Clearance."



"Skills Connect with Fingal Chamber Skillnet exceeded my expectations. Their career transition programme and fully subsidised training helped my new career. I would recommend the course to anyone who is without employment as a result of Covid- 19"