About Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet

What is the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet?

Design Print Packaging Skillnet

The Design, Print and Packaging Skillnet is a training network which works with companies in the design, print, packaging, signage and label sectors to deliver training solutions which will improve business performance.

Building on the work of the Design Ireland Skillnet and the Print and Packaging Skillnet, this network will continue to provide excellence in training opportunities.

The focus of the Design, Print and Packaging Skillnet is to provide strategic and cost-effective training solutions which will assist you to reduce costs and enhance competitiveness through enhanced skills and expertise. All of the training provided is in response to the expressed needs of companies in our industry.  The board work with companies through a training needs analysis process to define and prioritise the training needs each year.

You can access our range of subsidised programmes and influence what programmes are provided.

Benefits of joining DPPS

  • Increases profitability

    You have the opportunity to avail of relevant funded training initiatives with a significant reduction in training costs. Networking with other companies to share training further reduces training costs.

  • Promotes best practice

    Networking with other providers in your area of expertise provides opportunities to discuss common issues and learning from the experience of others.

  • Increases skills for you and your staff

    Provides access to a great choice in training initiatives and training providers

  • Convenience

    Training courses can be scheduled to suit your companies’ requirements. Training providers and courses can be customised to suit exact needs.

  • Certification

    Access to high-quality training and national certification up to MA Level

  • Increase Performance

    Learning new skills and knowledge increases confidence and improves personal performance.

  • Support

    The Design, Print and Packaging Skillnet is a not for profit organisation dedicated to providing you with affordable relevant training and networking events to further the development of our sector.

About Skillnet Ireland

The primary objective of Skillnet Ireland is to increase participation in enterprise training by companies. We believe that training and up-skilling are key elements in keeping companies competitive in both a domestic and international context. We also believe that training and upskilling significantly enhances the career mobility of the workforce.

Skillnet Ireland fosters an enterprise led approach to workforce development. The process of determining training needs and coordinating the delivery of training, is primarily owned by the enterprise groups engaged with Skillnet Ireland.

Skillnet Ireland operates under a joint investment model, part-funded by matching contributions from participating businesses in our learning networks. This approach has received international recognition as a model of best practice from the OECD and ILO, amongst others.

Encouraging enterprise to lead the process in this way helps ensure that programmes delivered through Skillnet Ireland are highly relevant to the needs of industry. This approach also enables cohesive enterprise networking and the flexibility to respond to ever-changing skills demands through both formal and informal learning.

See more on Skillnet Ireland

Publication of annual report highlights Skillnet Ireland’s valued support to both enterprise and the workforce.

Skillnet Ireland has today published its 2019 Annual Report, which shows the organisation delivered record levels of support to both businesses and the workforce last year.

Skillnet Ireland invested €46 million in workforce development and upskilling initiatives to advance the competitiveness of Irish businesses. 18,422 businesses engaged with Skillnet Ireland programmes in 2019, with 93% of these being SMEs.  A total of 70,270 people participated in over 8,000 training programmes through Skillnet Ireland and its 70 Learning Networks, which was a 25% increase on the previous year.

Employment Activation Programmes

The Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet primarily focusses on supporting those in employment within the Design, Print and Packaging sectors. 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 Design, Print & Packaging 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 initiative 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 Programmes

Choose from a suite of programmes available directly to businesses through Skillnet Ireland.

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