About Us

Welcome to Rural Food Skillnet

Rural Food Skillnet is a learning network for companies of all sizes in the food and hospitality sector Nationwide.
Member companies work collaboratively to share best practice and to respond effectively to their business and skills needs. The network addresses both the technical and non-technical skills needs of members and supports them by organising training courses which are cost efficient, relevant, convenient, and which deliver results.
The objective of this network is to support the regional growth of Ireland’s food and hospitality sector, by enhancing specialised skills and knowledge, broadening access to skills development opportunities and encouraging ongoing professional development.
The Rural Food Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.
  • The benefits of your company joining Rural Food Skillnet:
  • Assist businesses to identify and address their skills needs
  • Information regarding successful approaches to learning and talent development
  • Flexible training programmes tailored to the needs of the sector
  • Guidance on achieving value for money when investing in learning and development
  • Programmes for current and future leaders
  • Certified and non-certified technical training
  • Training relating to communication, teamwork, problem-solving and other core skills
  • Advice on gauging the effectiveness of training
  • Access to a network of businesses within the sector
  • Conferences, seminars, and other informal learning and networking events

Network Member Companies are the intended beneficiaries of a Network. Key requirements regarding the eligibility of businesses to participate in a Network are set out below:

  • Member Companies must be from private enterprise based in the Republic of Ireland.
  • Skillnet Ireland funding is not available to public sector bodies or organisations that are publicly funded such as community-based not-for-profit companies or charities.
  • Commercial semi-state companies are eligible providing that income contributed to a Network is not sourced from the public purse.
  • Sole traders are eligible as Member Companies.