Skills Connect is a series of free training and upskilling programmes that can include industry-based work placements to support people who have lost their jobs. You can learn new or additional skills that will help you secure a new role in your previous sector or find a new role in a new sector.
Skills Connect programmes are free, delivered online and offer structured support for career development.
By taking part in a free Skills Connect training programme, you will:
develop new skills
build your confidence
improve your employability
access practical, industry-based work placements
Skills Connect programmes are delivered by Skillnet Business Networks across many industry sectors where there is high employment potential and a demand for talent, including:
People who are entitled to Jobseeker's Allowance
or Jobseeker's Benefit
payments from the Department of Social Protection (DSP) are eligible for Skills Connect courses, and can keep their payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of DSP.
People in receipt of other forms of income support from DSP, including the PUP,
may also keep their payments subject to the Back to Education criteria of that department.
You should always check your eligibility to retain your payment with your Intreo office.