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


European Commission COVID-19 Survey

The European Commission, in conjunction with a range of key international and regional development partners, are conducting research which will examine the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the training and development of employees, apprentices and interns. They have prepared a survey and are seeking participation from as many enterprises across the EU as possible.  

We would encourage all networks to share this survey with businesses engaged with your network to request their participation.

The survey is open until Friday, 5 June 2020.

The responses to the survey will contribute to the stocktaking of good practices and innovative solutions undertaken by various enterprise and organisations.  

Your support is greatly appreciated. Skillnet Ireland will share the final report with all networks once the research has been completed.   

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


Covid Update

Design Print and Packaging Skillnet is fully supportive of the Government’s efforts to effectively address and limit the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the protection of public health and that of our stakeholders.

Design Print and Packaging Skillnet management team are continuing to work and are available to discuss any queries that our businesses or trainees have regarding our scheduled training programmes and supports for businesses.

In support of this national effort and in line with Government recommendations, Name of Skillnet has postponed its in-person training courses until further notice. Where possible, alternative methods of programme delivery are being mobilised.

Design Print and Packaging Skillnet will continue to take bookings for in-person programmes commencing at a later date in 2020. Our current range of online programmes are available to view at this link

We are also available to discuss your queries about any other future programmes we offer to businesses within the Design Print or Packaging sectors.

Our Network contact details are.

NAMES   Brian Collernan


We would remind our stakeholders that the HSE website is the authoritative source of information and advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ireland.

We will keep this information updated in the coming weeks. Further information is also available on the Skillnet Ireland website.

SketchUp Introduction

Create, Share, & Experience Projects In A Whole New Way With SketchUpSketchUp Is The Most Intuitive Way To Create In 3D – this online course will give you an introduction into using same.

€25 for Half Day Course

4th June from 9.30 to 1.00pm

Book Online here

design thinking

Design Thinking with Jacinta Owens

Design Thinking with Jacinta Owens

May 7 & 14 May 2020,  2 hours each morning from 10.30 till 12.30

Fully Subsidised by Design Print Packaging Skillnet Design Thinking is a method for creative problem solving. It is human-centred and starts with discovering the needs of your end-user. Its structure allows solutions to emerge that may have not been apparent before. It is an intuitive process which can be used on any problem and is not just for designers, but can be used by teams and individuals. Design Thinking can help you move your problem into an innovative solution!

Book Online Here

digital marketing programme

Diploma in Digital Marketing

QQI Level 5 Certificate in Digital Marketing (5N1364).

The Digital landscape is changing rapidly. New channels, strategies and benchmarks appear on a daily basis.

Online Course – Subsidized by Design Print and Packaging.

QQI L5 Digital Marketing Programme 

June 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th 30th

July 2nd, 7th 11th

€195 when Booked with DPP Skillnet

(12 x half days Tue & Thurs) @ 9.30 – 12.30)

This practical hands on course will give you a complete overview of all of the core channels and how they fit together in order to plan and deliver successful digital and social media marketing campaigns, applicable for both B2B and B2C businesses.

Digital Marketing Programme

During this intense, highly interactive and engaging course, delegates will learn how digital and social media marketing can grow your business by understanding the best practices and essentials in the following channels;

  • Introduction to Digital Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Pay Per Click (PPC)
  • Google Analytics
  • Email Marketing
  • Overview of Social Media landscape
  • Facebook & Instagram for Business
  • LinkedIn for Lead Generation
  • Twitter, YouTube and Blogging
  • Social Media Monitoring, Online PR & emerging social media trends
  • Digital Display Advertising
  • Mobile Marketing
  • Planning and Implementing a Digital Marketing Strategy

Book online here


The Power of Colour

Series of online training fully subsidised on the Power of Colour.

Colours are everywhere, it is the first thing we notice about every object we come into contact with. Colour alone can influence our emotions and change our perception.

There are few things in design that are more subjective—or more important—than the use of colour. A colour can evoke a feeling in one client and may evoke the complete opposite reaction in another.

Colour is a non verbal language and colour combinations seen in nature have been used in our modern world for daily visual messaging – the powerful combination of black and yellow as seen in tigers, bees, snakes will strike fear in humans on sight alone & we see this colour combination used in great effect on road signage to highlight danger.

Knowing the effects colour has on each individual is an incredibly valuable expertise that designers can master and can use to offer personalised colour palettes to every client/project.

Book online at Psychology of Colour

Content include of Workshop 1  

Introduction  to Colour Science

Understanding light

How colour-the non verbal language-influences

The importance of the colour wheel

Brief intro of colour psychology/association

Book Online for Psychology of Colour 2

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