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COVID-19 Training Response Fully Funded

Rural Enterprise Skillnet is working with members and the business community affected by Covid19 to support Training and Development needed to assist with Business Continuity, Leadership, Change, Innovation, and Management.

A range of short courses below are eligible for 100% funding, making it FREE to your business.

Contact Brenda to apply for workplace development support to meet your requirements in preparation for the recovery:

Certain businesses are not eligible to participate in Rural Enterprise Skillnets training events:

  • Public sector organisations

  • Charity or not-for-profit organisations

  • Businesses based outside the Republic of Ireland

  1. Returning to Work with Covid-19 26th May

  2. Returning to Work with Covid-19 28th May

  3. Returning to Work with Covid-19 2nd June

  4. Returning to Work with Covid-19 4th June

  5. Returning to Work with Covid-19 9th June

  6. Returning to Work with Covid-19 11th June

  7. Returning to Work with Covid-19 16th June

  8. Returning to Work with Covid-19 18th June

  1. Employment Law – Managing your workforce through COVID19

  2. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

  3. Direct Marketing & Cookies – The Impact of GDPR and ePrivacy Regulations

  4. Data Analysis & Business Intelligence Made Easy with Microsoft Excel


A digital workforce is no longer an option, as many small and medium sized businesses now need to accelerate digital capability with new tech skills to transform their business.

Led by Technology Ireland’s Software Skillnet, TechLEARN SME will provide the world’s leading tech skills platforms - Pluralsight and O’Reilly Learning – to Irish small businesses


The aim of the initiative is to support Irish small businesses through Covid-19 recovery by enabling staff to develop digital technology capabilities, and is provided free.

Our online digital tech skills platforms offers an extensive range of courses including:

Information Webinars

Each week, we will host an information webinar with our platform partners, O'Reilly and Pluralsight. Join one of these sessions with our digital platforms team and Software Skillnet to walk through the platforms, see the key features live and have an opportunity to ask questions.

Register below for one of our sessions:

O'Reilly Information WebinarMay 20th 4.00pm  Register   Pluralsight Information WebinarMay 21st 4.00pm    Register 

O'Reilly Information Webinar May 27th 4.00pm Register   Pluralsight Information WebinarMay 28th 4.00pm    Register

O'Reilly Information Webinar June 3rd 1.00pm  Register   Pluralsight Information WebinarJune 4th 4.00pm     Register

O'Reilly Information Webinar  June 11th 1.00pmRegister  Pluralsight Information Webinar June 11th 4.00pm   Register

What are the key features and benefits of our TechLEARN SME platforms?


As people learn in different ways, both of our TechLEARN SME partners offer a range of learning formats as well as options for all levels of digital capability -  beginner, expert, or somewhere in between.

O’Reilly Learning provides teams and businesses with expert-created and curated information covering all the areas that will shape our future—including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, cloud technologies, data analytics, UX design, finance, leadership, personnel development and more - in every format your team needs. 

Users can also “learn by doing” with the interactive learning feature through Katacoda – applying technical skills in real-world situations. 

Pluralsight offers over 1,500 authors teaching the latest technologies and processes with courses on cloud, microservices, machine learning, security, Agile and more.


The intuitive platform includes their ‘Skill and Role IQ’ products empowers teams to keep up with the pace of change, put the right people on the right projects and boost productivity through expert courses, skill assessments and one-of-a-kind analytics.

How can I sign up?

Small businesses can sign up to a live information webinar with our digital platforms team and Software Skillnet to walk through the platform, see the key features live and have an opportunity to ask questions.


Following the session, an application form will be issued and once this has been submitted and reviewed by our team, Software Skillnet will grant access to one of our TechLEARN partner platforms - O’Reilly and Pluralsight. 


✓  Sign up for an information webinar to view the platforms and find out more

✓  Complete an application form to request licenses

✓  Get a decision within 24 hours

✓  Register your staff on the online learning systems and staff receive an invite to a training demo

✓  Join our fortnightly TechLEARN webinars for further insights and company feedback

Register for one of our information session

What does it cost? 

The TechLEARN SME offering is completely free for small businesses from May – September, if approved by the Technology Ireland Software Skillnet before 19th June 2020.

Companies can apply for any number of staff users.


The Technology Ireland Software Skillnet will seek to make licenses as widely available as possible, therefore companies may not be awarded the full number of licenses requested.


What companies are eligible?


✓  Companies which employ between 20 and 250 staff

✓  Based in Ireland

✓  Companies with an established with track record of growth

✓  From any sector with a need for technology skills
✓ Companies who submit an application and are approved by the Technology Ireland Software Skillnet


“Big Tech” Initiatives



A number of Irish based ‘big tech’ companies are undertaking individual initiatives aimed at supporting SME’s during this difficult period. The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) contacted these companies and has collated a list of the initiatives as outlined below for information.


Google Digital Garage,

For those working from home Google has a number of resources to help adjust and manage workload effectively. Google is offering free online training events, details to be listed on this website.


Resources to help small businesses manage through uncertainty here

Resources and insights to help navigate uncertain times on Think with Google (US site)



When: Thursdays at 12pm, commencing Thursday 2 April 2020

How to register: Check out the Facebook event page

Facebook Ireland is launching a free business training event, ‘Boost with Facebook’ which seeks to support businesses during COVID-19. The ‘Boost with Facebook’ webinar series will run weekly on Thursdays at 12pm and will cover essential online business training such as; how to host a virtual event; creative online training; how to effectively market your product on mobile; having a presence on Instagram; how to use different channels to communicate with different customers; and much more.  

Further updates on ‘Boost with Facebook’ webinar series can be found at Facebook Ireland

Facebook recently announced a $100 million grant program to help 30,000 small businesses in 30 countries around the world, including Ireland. In addition to this grant, they also launched a new Small Business Resource Hub to support Irish small businesses. The hub has a range of resources such as a resiliency tool kit and online training sessions designed to help businesses minimise disruption during COVID-19. The ‘Boost with Facebook’ webinar series is aimed at helping businesses put these resources into action over the coming weeks.



The following website outlines Amazon retail and AWS new resources for small business.

Amazon are planning a webinar and other initiatives in May (date tbc) for businesses on how they can get set up and selling on Amazon.  In the meantime here is a recording of a similar webinar if it is useful to get a sense of what is covered.


Download the Shopify Resources for Irish Businesses document here. This is a 'how to get started' in terms of building out an online store from scratch with some extra resources to guide the merchant on how to pivot their business in these difficult times. 

Square Space:

Square Space are able offer two separate levels of on-board help, depending on how comfortable the business is with technology and the online space. For those who require more directed guidance they’re able to provide a basic on-board option, with an introduction to creating a site and establishing an online presence. This will also include basics around styling and branding alongside domains and setting up an online store. 

For those that are more comfortable with the websites and online presence, they can offer a fast-track option to getting online and maximising presence to increase online revenue. Some of the built-in features that their platform offers for this would include subscriptionsgift cardsscheduling

Lastly, in terms of the format, they’re able to provide expertise either as part of a large group, webinar-style, or on a one-to-one basis if the business has a specific need that they’d like a solution to.

The requirements for any business that is looking to take advantage of any of the support they’re willing to provide is a computer, internet connection and technology knowledge (ability to navigate the web). For the rest, they can help with getting them set up.


E-bay are running a new programme called the "Up and Running" initiative.  From April 17th, for a minimum of three months, Irish businesses, with or without an existing e-commerce presence, are being invited to use the marketplace with the following benefits:  

  • Free listings on

  • No Final Value Fees (the commission paid to eBay based on the final value of sales)  

  • Free training that will cover eBay selling basics, how to get the most out of the platform, digital skills, search and listing optimisation and marketing. The training will be delivered through a series of webinars and mentoring programmes from eBay’s dedicated team in Ireland, helping ensure a smooth transition online for those with no or limited experience 

 Companies interested in the Up & Running initiative are invited to:



An Online Support Hub for the tourism industry has been developed and is available here:

Failte Ireland COVID-19 Supports & Webinars

  • Business Liquidity here

  • HR Risk here

  • Managing Temporary Closure here

  • Temporary Layoffs and Redundancies here

  • Safeguarding Future Revenues here

  • Jump-starting sales here

Upskilling during COVID-19

April 23, 2020

Free resources to support your business to reboot and recover

Now is the right time to review your revenue management and sales and marketing strategies; that way your business will be prepared for the new marketplace that will face us post COVID-19. Time invested in upskilling, website optimisation and rethinking your key segments – in terms of who best to target post-COVID-19 – will help your business to successfully relaunch when the time comes.

There is a wealth of free, comprehensive external supports available to businesses. We’ve created a list of those designed to help tourism businesses build their expertise in areas such as Digital Marketing, Management and Finance and more. The sections noted below will be updated regularly as we continue to add to new courses and resources scheduled for the coming months.

Choose from the following:


Local Enterprise office COVID-19 Supports & Services

LEO Mayo have added new free online training courses to their website. Places are available on a first come first served basis and can be booked here:…/Training-…/Online-Bookings/​​​​​​​

  • Social Media Tactics in the Current Climate (Tuesday, 12th May, 10am – 1pm) by Louise McDonnell

  • Organise your workplace for productivity incorporating Covid 19 guidelines (Wednesday 13th May, 10am - 11.30am) by Paula McNicholas of Lean Team Strategies

  • 5 Things Employers Must Do While Planning For Recovery Period (Wednesday 13th May, 2pm - 2.40pm)

  • 5 Things Employers Must Do While Planning For Recovery Period (Wednesday 20th May, 11am - 11.40am)

  • Business Planning Projections (Thursday 21st May, 11am - 12pm)

  • Organise your workplace for productivity incorporating Covid 19 guidelines (Wednesday 27th May, 10am - 11.30am) by Paula McNicholas of Lean Team Strategies

  • Successful Facebook Marketing for Beginners (Thursday 28th May, 10am - 1pm) by Louise McDonnell

  • Business Planning Projections (Thursday 4th June, 11am - 12pm) 

Trading Online Voucher Information Sessions

  • Live Webinar Tuesday 5th May

  • Live Webinar Thursday 7th May

  • Live Webinar Friday 8th May

For booking information see:…/Upcoming%20Events%202020.h…


Solas eCollege Courses Free 

SOLAS eCollege courses are temporarily being made available free of charge as additional support to those impacted by Covid-19

This measure is to benefit anyone already doing a FET course and wish to augment their learning, as well as for anyone who has recently become unemployed / had their hours reduced and are hoping to reskill/upskill in digital skills

Applicants must be over 16 at the date of application - applicants can feel the full list of available courses at - further information can be found at

Please contact Ciara Ní Fhloinn in the National Innovation Unit at if you have any queries 


MentorsWork✔️Connecting SMEs with mentors to address current business challenges

The Small Firms Association (SFA), supported by Skillnet Ireland, has launched a free virtual mentor initiative aimed at guiding Irish SMEs through their current business challenges. The benefits include;

✔️Experienced Support
✔️Action Plan

MentorsWork is a free, enterprise-driven programme, which will connect business owners and managers all around Ireland with experienced and skilled mentors to address specific business issues on a one-to-one basis. This new virtual mentoring programme is designed as ‘bootcamp mentoring’ specifically to tackle the ‘right now’ issues companies are facing.

Among the key business topics companies can seek mentoring support for are strategy, operations, commercial and financial analysis, change management, people management, product review and business development. Learn more about the programme from Sven Spollen-Behrens, Director of the SFA on our website.


Peninsula Webinar: Back2Work: Workforce Planning for the Future Beneficial Group Behaviours 29Apr, 2020

This free webinar will include advice on:

  • The process for selecting who to bring back (can your choices be justified?)

  • Redundancy processes

  • Return to work policies

  • When you reopen but your staff want to work from home

  • How to manage a “phase-return”

This webinar aims to help you re-organise your business before returning to the office, giving you a head start post-COVID-19.

Date: 29 April 2020
Time: 2.30pm – 3pm

Registration Details: Click here to register

For further information & to contact Peninsula Ireland, please visit their website, by clicking here


Reboot Your Business Course from Griffith College


Chambers Ireland, in association with Griffith College, have announced a free online business planning course for its 8,000 members nationwide. Starting on Thursday 30 April 2020, the course will address the key concerns that businesses are facing, including cashflow, crisis management and managing flexible working practices, and will assist them in developing plans to reboot their business.

To register for the course, click here


Please find below the schedule and start times of Online Workshops as part of the Course:

Session 1 – Thursday, 30th April | 10.30am | About my business, where am I now? Where am I going? 

Session 2 – Tuesday, 5th May |  10.30am |  What do I want to develop? 

Session 3 – Wednesday, 6th May | 10.30 am | How am I going to develop my business post-COVID 19? 

Session 4 – Thursday 7th May | 10.30am | What resources do I need for my business development plan?  

Session 5 – Tuesday, 12th May | 10.30am | How will I pay for the resources I need? 

Session 6 – Wednesday, 13th May | 10.30am | Who I need to bring along with me? 

Session 7 – Thursday, 14th May | 10.30am | How do I protect my business and the people I work with? 

Session 8 – Tuesday, 19th May | 10.30am | Will I have to change my business and how do I make it happen? 

Session 9 – Wednesday, 20th May | 10.30am | How will I tell my customers? 

Session 10 – Thursday, 21st May | 10.30am | Staying Strong, Staying Well in Business – My Re-Booted Business Development Action Plan
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