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

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

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.

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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

Training During Lockdown

Coronavirus is changing the way we live in a way that is repeatedly said to be unprecedented. We say we are living through strange times, extraordinary times, difficult times.

Over the past 12 weeks we have changed the way we deliver our training and we are now delivering a wide range of training online . The feedback we have received has been extremely positive and we are delighted to be able to support our members during these difficult times.

We have added some excellent new programmes to our schedule and would recommend you take a look at our training section. We have sales training, leadership, social media, photoshop, illustrator, and our longer programmes such as the Masters in Professional Practice and Diploma in Packaging Technology .

If there is any area of training you would like to see us provide – it can be bespoke inhouse training or our standard programmes please contact and let us know.

Check out our training section

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

I hope you find this guide useful.

Brian Colleran
Network Manager

Training for Design Print and Packaging

Do you have a training requirement for 2020?

We will in the next 2 weeks be circulating our schedule of training for the coming months. In addition to our publicly advertised programmes, Design Print and Packaging Skillnet can also support company specific training and up-skilling requirements. We can subsidise your training course.

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

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. 

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International Print Day on 23rd October

International Print Day is a great opportunity to really celebrate what we love about print!

Lets use this day to share and spread our ideas, projects and thoughts on print through our social media platforms.

Each year on International Print Day the global print community comes together on social media to network, exchange knowledge and information, and proclaim their love for print and the people that make it possible by following and sharing using the hashtag #IPD19.

Print fans can support this year’s theme by also including the hashtag #Print2Gether, which celebrates partnerships within the industry and all the relationships from idea to execution that enhance the creativity, quality, and vitality of print.

We would love you to collaborate with us this day and get International Print Day trending worldwide. Read More…

How can I participate? Getting involved in International Print Day is easy and here at Two Sides we’ve created some International Print Day branded factographics for you to download and use on your own social media. We have even got some Twitter friendly videos ready for you to share as well!

Use the #IPD19 and #Print2Gether hashtags to get this event trending worldwide!
Get tweeting, sharing, posting and spreading the word on the world of print. Read more…

To help spread the word and make things easy for you, Two Sides has some informative and shareable content for you to download and share.

Click here to download the #IPD19 factographics

Get tweeting, sharing, posting and spreading the word on the world of print. Read more…
To help spread the word and make things easy for you, Two Sides has some informative and shareable content for you to download and share.

Click here to download the #IPD19 factographics

Membership of Two Sides starts from only £195 per year and there are loads of great benefits – Become a member today!

Irish Printing Federation

Sustainable Design

Sustainable Design : Waste not Want not

Ireland generates 587kg of waste per person per year. Well above European average! According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the total amount of waste generated in Ireland (industrial, commercial, household) at the last survey ‘was 19.8 Million tonnes, which is equivalent to 4.3 tonnes per person.’  With all our data relating to waste, the environmental impact of current consumer markets, and the catastrophic effect of unsustainable manufacturing practices, we can no longer ignore these figures.

The golden rule of good design is innovation.

Is it innovative to design with unsustainable materials and non-green production procedures? Despite advancement in technology our current standards of design and manufacturing steer us on a path of self-destruction. Heavily influenced by consumerism we hold unsustainable economic values as our main production driver. We have bought into a global throw-away society, favouring cheap single use design typically made from non-renewable resources and toxic materials.

Scientists have declared humanity’s impact on the planet so significant that Earth has officially entered a new geological era, the Anthropocene. Our planet is undergoing a mass extinction event, only the 6th since the beginning of complex life 700million years ago. To make matters worse we are the one causing it! We pump over 40 billion tonnes of CO2 into the earths atmosphere every year. We have altered over 50% of the Earths land, and through our direct actions 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours.

Time to set sustainable design standards! We must develop environmentally responsive systems, adopt green thinking methodologies, and take corrective action to make environmental responsibility a reality. Now is the time for great design innovation.

Great design is sustainable design.

Sustainable design is not just a concept involving a set of principles, it is a way of thinking that takes an ecological approach to design solutions. A process that integrates environmentally friendly methods, and considers natural resources as part of the design. Sustainable technologies, for example, use less energy, fewer limited resources, do not deplete natural resources, do not directly or indirectly pollute the environment, and can be reused or recycled at the end of their useful life.

Contrary to common belief sustainability does not mean going without. It means thinking ecologically and designing with an interconnected framework. It is as much about process as it is about product. According to the World Commission on Environment and Development, sustainability is ‘a form of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’

Sustainable design is not just a structure it is a way of building the future.

This article was written by one of our students as part of our Graphic Design for Print course.  

Article by Ashleigh Downey I Nature Connect : Solutions I

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