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ULearning Skillnet Network National Seminar

Pictured at the national seminar on Future Skills for Enterprise Competitive Growth at Westpark Shannon on April 30th hosted by ULearning Skillnet Network was from left to right; Mark Fielding, ISME Mike Devane, Quilly Consultancy Brian O' Connell, Westpark Shannon Ltd. Dr. Ingrid Hunt, University of Limerick. Carl Blake, Skillnets Ltd. Dr. Chris Coughlan, Hewlett Packard Galway. Chris Clark, BT Ireland.

ULearning Hosts Enterprise Event for over 75 Industries

The ULearning Skillnet Network held a national seminar on Future Skills for Enterprise Competitive Growth at Westpark Shannon on April 30th.  There was over seventy five industries including Quilly Consultancy, Skillnets, ISME, Atlantic Way, Hewlett Packard,were in attendance supporting the need for improving Ireland's competitive growth through upskilling and training. The aim of the event,  as noted by Mike Devane, from Quilly Consultancy was to bring together academic and industry interested parties to discuss and explore the current state of upskilling in Ireland and the role it plays on Enterprise Competitive Growth. 

Dr. Ingrid Hunt, Network Manager for the ULearning Skillnet Network from the University of Limerick emphasised that Ireland can still remain competitive in these difficult economic times by harnessing the talents of its human capital. Full interaction between the universities and industry is crucial to achieving this. By integrating the first-hand knowledge and experience of our industry experts with the academic expertise and know-how of educational institutions, Ireland can make the most of its human resources in the workplace and also ensure new entrants are equipped with the right skills," she said.

Key note presentations featured leading industry figures who all agreed that the future will not be based on preserving the status quo, we now need to develop and move forward and commit to upskilling our workforce.

ULearning Skillnets continues to support individuals who wish to continue to improve their skills to ensure that they are able to avail of employment opportunities now and in the future. The event concluded with Dr. Hunt noting that although the short term prospects for Ireland's economy is still uncertain, we must still ensure that employers and individuals continue to see the benefit of investing in upskilling and how a skilled workforce can make a productive contribution to Irelands economic future.

For further information regarding the ULearning Network, please contact Dr. Hunt at

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