Fully Funded Digital Marketing Programme for Jobseekers and  PUP Recipients (covid payments)

Information Session – November 12th @ 11am – 12:00pm

Course Start Date – November 23rd (2 weeks in duration)

Design Print & Packaging Skillnet EAP/SkillsConnect Course Overview

The Digital landscape is changing rapidly. New channels, strategies and benchmarks appear daily. The DPP Skillnet are fully funding this Employment Activation Programme – The Certificate in Digital Marketing is delivered by SureSkills over two weeks full time, and is an industry-led course, which has been designed by Industry experts to incorporate the QQI award for Digital Marketing covering the latest trends, strategies, real-world experiences and best practices in the Digital Industry. 

The course will then start on 23rd November and will run for 2 weeks from 9.30 – 4.30pm each day.

Information Session – November 12th @ 11am – 12:00pm – Register Here

skills connect

Skills Connect

Delivered in close partnership with employers #SkillsConnect offers individuals the opportunity to develop new skills. Over 20 Skillnet Networks will deliver Skills Connect programmes in sectors of high employment potential. www.skillsconnect.ie



It was great to get this positive feedback from one of our members last week.

If you have a training need, be it large or small, technical, operational or management we want to speak to you. Contact us to talk about any training you want us to run and subsidise. 

Contact Brian on +353 (87)292 8900 to discuss your bespoke / in-house learning needs.

EAP Training

FREE PRINCE2 & PMI Project Management training for Jobseekers (Oct 2020 )

The Global Project Professional programme is an excellent opportunity for new and existing Project Managers looking to land their ideal role

The Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet and SureSkills are delighted to bring this fully funded globally recognised programme to the market for jobseekers who have been affected by COVID. This course will start w/ commencing 19th October and will be delivered Live Online.

The Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet and SureSkills are delighted to bring this fully funded globally recognised programme to the market for jobseekers who have been affected by COVID. This course will start week commencing 19th October and will be delivered Live Online.

Design Print Packaging Skillnet wish to target support for people who are current PUP recipients, and those who have previously been in receipt of either the PUP or TWSS. However, we a also accommodate

  •  People who are currently unemployed
  •  People who become unemployed as a result of COVID-19, including welfare recipients
  •  People who are not in employment and not in receipt of welfare payments, including women returners.

If you have ever considered Project Management as a career, then you have undoubtedly come across PRINCE2® and PMI®, these are two of the top most respected project management accreditations, and are recognized globally and across multiple industries.

While both certifications endorse effective project management, their approach varies. CAPM®, based on the PMBOK® Guide is a standard whereas PRINCE2® is a methodology. CAPM® speaks about knowledge areas and processes while PRINCE2® is focused on themes, principles and processes.

Both certifications are highly respected and can validate your understanding of key project management concepts, and how to apply them throughout the project management lifecycle.

Project management certification is an ideal way to enhance your career opportunities and leave the competition behind. However, identifying the correct certification program for you can be the most difficult question. Luckily, you don’t have to do this as SureSkills have developed a course that combines both.

 ** Please read Eligibility Criteria – https://dppskillnet.ie/about/employment-activation-programme/

Please note – to be considered for this programme you must attend an online information session on Thursday 8th October

This three week (part-time) programme will cover;

  • Week 1 – Project Management Essentials (2 days) & LinkedIn / CV & Career Planning (1 day)
  • Week 2 – Project Management Institute – Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) (6th Edition, 2018) (4 days)
  • Week 3 – PRINCE2 Foundation including exam (3 days)

This course would benefit existing and aspiring:

  • Project Managers
  • General Managers
  • Programme Managers
  • Project Team Managers and support staff
  • Staff who will have a defined role
  • Project Management Consultants


The programme is designed to be very interactive and will balance discussions and theoretical inputs with practical skills and tools that individuals can use to develop their skills as project managers. The programme is designed to be an enjoyable, positive and challenging experience for the participants. It is also designed to be highly practical and focused so that the individual can implement the skills learned and get time to practice these skills during the training day.

If you wish to attend this program, you must complete the registration form and send your CV to the email address you receive upon registration. 

clear customs

Launch of Clear Customs Online 2020, preparing businesses for customs changes

Skillnet Ireland has launched the second phase of the ‘Clear Customs’ programme as part of the Government Brexit Readiness Action Plan. The free online training programme developed by Skillnet Ireland will be delivered by CILT Skillnet virtually and is accredited by Carlow Institute of Technology.

By the end of 2020, businesses, trading either with or through the UK, will be subject to a range of new customs formalities and other regulatory requirements. Clear Customs offers free essential online customs training to Customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK, or to jurisdictions outside the EU Customs Union.

The Clear Customs training programme is targeted at Irish businesses, or others acting on behalf of businesses such as customs intermediaries. Features include an ‘on-the-go’ mobile app upon registration that will help customs agents, intermediaries and affected Irish businesses develop the capacity to deal with additional customs requirements. All businesses that trade with or through the UK need to act now to be prepared.

In order to ensure your business is customs ready, please apply for Clear Customs Online training now.



If you have been considering doing a Masters programme this year but have been put off by lengthy academic programmes and concerns about going back to education when you’re trying to run a small business or perform your role within a business, the TU Dublin awarded Masters in Professional Practice, kicking off this November, is just the right programme for you.

This highly regarded programme has three major advantages over other taught Masters programmes:

TIME: Taking just 11 months, it is one of the most condensed Business Masters programmes available in Ireland.

SUBSIDISED COST: Supported by the Design, Print & Packaging Skillnet it is heavily subsidised, costing just €4,500. This is less than half the cost of comparable Masters programmes in Ireland!

EXPERIENCE: The TU Dublin accredited Masters in Professional Practice is designed specifically for experienced professionals who are now seeking a practical yet challenging programme to build their business skills in the latest digital marketing and strategic marketing techniques and to provide the business communications and coaching skills, finance and leadership
skills to bring their career to the next level.

Quick Guide –

WHO CAN APPLY: Applications are welcomed from those with a background in the Design, Print and Packaging sectors who have at least 5 years experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 30TH: Get your application in now so you can get an early confirmation of your place.
HOW TO APPLY: Submit your CV to brian@dppskillnet.ie

ACCEPTANCE PROCESS: Interview based on your experience detailed in your CV.

COST: €4,500

The 2020/21 programme will be delivered by blended learning. Building on the success of the previous year’s edition, the programme will comprise a mix of both in Class and on-line session.

For more details contact Brian@dppskillnet.ie

To see our full range of training click here



Preparing now for the post COVID-19 way of working is crucial to enabling businesses to move forward safely and sustainably. The free #ReBound initiative led by Skillnet Ireland will upskill business owners and managers as they implement new business practices. Prepare now. www.rebound.ie

packaging qualification

Diploma in Packaging Technology 2020/2021

We are delighted to confirm that our Diploma in Packaging Technology for 2020/2021 is now open for bookings

Get ahead of your competition with a Diploma in Packaging Technology

Who should complete a Diploma in Packaging?

  • People working with packaging in manufacturing or filling on a day to day basis.
  • Persons responsible for specifying packaging or working in a role as a Packaging Technician.
  • Also suited to those buying or selling packaging or those using / packing / filling in the Food, Drink and Pharmaceutical sectors.

Full details on this course here

Booking here

Employment Information on Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

I hope this finds you safe and well in these difficult times of Covid 19. Please see a Summary Guide for Employers and Employees which we feel may be of interest to you.

This brochure has been developed with our promoting Agency – The Irish Printing Federation.

During these difficult times, we are continuing to run fully and heavily subsidized training, details on dppskillnet.ie.

I hope you find this guide useful.

Brian Colleran
Network Manager

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