Irish Medtech Skillnet

Irish Medtech Skillnet is a learning network for companies of all sizes in the medical technology and engineering sector. Member companies work collaboratively to share best practice and to respond effectively to the specific skills needs of the sector. The network addresses both technical and non-technical skills needs of members. The objective of this national network is to enhance Ireland’s position as an emerging global medical technology hub by developing a strong talent base and enhancing the specialised knowledge and skills that exist within the sector.

Working in partnership with Skillnet Ireland and our contracting organisation, the Irish Medtech Association (Ibec sector), the Irish Medtech Skillnet has over the past number of years grown substantially in direct response to the training needs of Industry. Since 2008, the Irish Medtech Skillnet has been a major driver of upskilling in the medtech and engineering sectors in Ireland. It is funded through Skillnet Ireland from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research and Science, and is contracted to the Irish Medtech Association, an Ibec sector. The network has to date received over €3.7 million of government funding, and has trained over 11,000 employees.

Supports to Network Member Companies:
• Assist businesses to identify and address current and future skills needs
• Information regarding successful approaches to learning and talent development
• Guidance on achieving value for money when investing in learning and development
• Strategic programmes that enhance business innovation and sectoral competitiveness
• Flexible training and education programmes customised to the needs of the sector
• Innovative new programme design and development
• Leadership programmes for business owners and executives
• Certified and non-certified technical training
• Training relating to communication, problem-solving and other core skills
• Advice on gauging the effectiveness of training
• Access to a network of businesses within the sector
• Conferences, seminars, and other informal learning and networking events

Membership of the network is open to private enterprises in the medical technology, and engineering sector, based in the Republic of Ireland.

Ann O’Connell
Head of Funded projects for Medtech & Engineering