What is Skills to Advance

Skills to Advance is a nationwide initiative for employees and employers, providing certified trainings for  upskill and reskill opportunities that aim to equip employees with the skills to progress in their current job, or to take advantage of new job opportunities and adapt to a changing job market.

Working closely with small and medium-sized enterprises, Skills to Advance helps employers identify skills needs and invest in their workforce by providing subsidised education and training to staff.

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LMETB offers a wide range of Skills to Advance subsidized upskilling and reskilling opportunities, which are available to anyone in employment.

Am I eligible?

Skills to Advance has opportunities for everyone to upskill or reskill, particularly if your skills level are below a level 5 on the NFQ in the area of training and/or you are:

  • Currently working in a lower-skilled job or
  • Aged 50+ or
  • Currently working in a job that is experiencing significant change

What will it cost me?

Skills to Advance courses are highly subsidised depending on your skill level.

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Skills to Advance can work for you by helping to identify potential skills gaps in your business and adapt to market changes. We offer subsidised upskilling and reskilling options for your staff, creating a straightforward way to help increase your productivity and competitiveness in a fast-changing business sector.

Skills to Advance provides your workforce with training opportunities which:

  • Are flexible to fit around business hours and work schedules.
  • Develop skills relevant to your business needs.
  • Respond to the changing nature of jobs and skills.

If your employees hold skills levels in the area of required training below a level 5, and/ or are aged 50+ /or  work in a lower-skilled job/ or a role which is experiencing significant change, contact us at skillstoadvance@lmetb.ie to  find out more about subsidised Skills to Advance training opportunities.

View the STA SOLAS Employer Brochure – here

New Initiatives

Leadership and Management

Based on the key business needs of companies, LMETB have launched a new ILM Level 4 Leadership and Management training initiative(NFQ Level 6) ,developed in collaboration with SOLAS, employers, IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Regional Skills Fora.

The programme supports businesses to develop their workforce and is available to employers now to support them through the Covid-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that Brexit will deliver.

This is a highly subsidized training that aims to upskill supervisory and management staff, and those that aspire to such, in areas including change management, motivating workers, digital skills and remote working.

During these particularly challenging times, this new programme, which is delivered in an online format, will give access to companies across all sectors, an ILM certified training programme which will equip their supervisory and management staff with the skills and abilities to deal with the challenges and the opportunities, and to sustain and grow their businesses.

Employers who would like further information on the Level 6 (NFQ) Leadership and Management course should contact LMETB’s Employer Engagement Officer Aoife McDaid by emailing skillstoadvance@lmetb.ie.

The Leadership and Management programme brochure is available here

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