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SMEs called on to invest in development training

Wednesday, 23rd January, 2019 4:30pm

In March, a new subsidised management development programme will be taking place in Cork.

As part of its commitment to support learners at all levels in the workforce, Skillnet Ireland will be running the programme, which is designed to help business owners, managers and management teams to reflect on and adjust their business strategy to meet their future needs and achieve better results.

Skillnet Ireland is the national agency responsible for the promotion and facilitation of workforce learning in Ireland.

Dave Flynn, Executive Director at Skillnet Ireland highlighted the importance of developing a management development mindset within Irish SMEs.

“To address and adapt to the challenges posed by an uncertain economy, companies large and small, require managers with strong leadership and managerial competencies. Skillnet Ireland’s management development offering focus on the skills necessary to deliver results, increase productivity and enhance workplace engagement. Our programmes are cost-effective and open to managers from a range of sectors.”

The Business Leadership programme is results-driven and highly practical, according to Skillnet. The course is run part-time over six months and includes workshops and one-to-one mentoring support from experienced business coaches who will challenge your thinking, stimulate creativity, and provide the tools and techniques needed to deliver results for your business.

Commencing in Cork in March, the Business Leadership programme will help participants develop their leadership skills. Through this programme participants will be able to build an action plan for their business, learn how to get the most from their team and manage future challenges.

Ahead of the programme, there will be a free Leading Your Business workshop for anyone thinking of joining the programme, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa, Cork on 14 February from 9.30am-12.30pm. This free workshop will also offer practical business insights and the means to apply these immediately to your own business.

Shane Lyons, founder and owner of GNS Fitness, urged business owners and managers to invest in themselves. “The Skillnet Ireland Management Development programmes have been integral to the development of my business. The most beneficial aspect of the programmes were the one-to-one coaching sessions which really helped hone and apply my learnings from the workshops directly to the business. The coaches hold you accountable to the goals and targets that you set each month so you’re seeing immediate results to the business.”

Find out more at www.skillnetireland.ie/programme/business-leadership.

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