Farm Business Skillnet

Farm Business Skillnet

Farm Business Skillnet

Farm Business Skillnet is fully supportive of the Government’s efforts to effectively address and limit the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the protection of public health and that of our stakeholders.

Farm Business Skillnet management team are continuing to work and are available to discuss any queries that our businesses or trainees have regarding our scheduled training programmes and supports for businesses.

In support of this national effort, Farm Business Skillnet has postponed its public training courses until 19th April 2020 – but is still available to support and facilitate online / virtual training.

In support of this national effort and in line with Government recommendations, Farm Business Skillnet has postponed its in-person training courses until further notice. Where possible, alternative methods of programme delivery are being mobilised.

Farm Business Skillnet will continue to take bookings for programmes commencing at a later date in 2020.

We are also available to discuss your queries about any other future programmes we offer to businesses within the agri sector.

Our Network contact details are.

NAME:   Celine Reynolds

PHONES:  01 426 0324 / 086 687 8648


We would remind our stakeholders that the HSE website is the authoritative source of information and advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 in Ireland.

We will keep this information updated in the coming weeks. Further information is also available on the Skillnet Ireland website.

Farm Business Skillnet is the training division of IFA, providing training and up-skilling to both the IFA volunteer structure and to groups of IFA members.

There are many benefits of participating in Skillnet Ireland training including:

  • Increased productivity, efficiency and skill levels among farmers trained
  • Increased confidence in your own abilities
  • An opportunity to liaise, converse and network with your peers

Farm Business Skillnet would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Young Leaders Programme this November. Particular thanks to Nicola O’Neill, Breian Carroll and Joe Delaney for their engaging and informative sessions.


How do I avail of training?

Volunteer Training

IFA Volunteer training is organised through the County Chair and the Local IFA Office.

Group Training

A minimum number of participants in order to facilitate a group training request.   (This minimum varies from course to course – but roughly 10 participants is required for most courses.)

Discussion Groups

If you are a Discussion Group or Purchasing Group you can avail of training.  Or if you are an individual perhaps you could get additional numbers from within your local IFA Branch.

How much does a course cost?

The cost of a course depends on your group requirements:

  • Type course
  • Length
  • Number of participants

Grant funding of 30% – 40% is available. The remaining cost is payable by the course participants.

I am part of a Discussion Group. What criteria do we need to meet in order to qualify for funding?

While all Discussion / Purchasing Groups can avail of training through the IFA’s Farm Business Skillnet, only participants with fully paid IFA membership qualify for grant funding.

Courses are very specifically tailored to suit the needs of each discussion group.

Current Courses

Below are some examples of courses we have engaged in, but should you require training in any area not specified below Farm Business Skillnet will be happy to source a trainer in any area required by Farmers.

  • IT/Agri Apps
  • Finance / Taxation / Funding Applications
  • Personal Development
  • Leadership and Negotiation
  • Health & Safety

Job seekers and those on Farm Assist can avail of a place on any of our courses free of charge (subject to availability) and should see Skillnets Ireland for other training opportunities.

Upcoming Courses

All courses are available on demand, however this is subject to having sufficient numbers to run a course in your area.  If you are a Discussion Group / Purchasing Group it is usually quite easy to secure a trainer for any area you might be interested in.

If you are an individual Farmer interested in training, you will need sufficient numbers to book a course. We would recommend you approach your fellow Branch members.  Alternatively you can forward your details and the training you are interested in to and you will be contacted if and when a suitable course comes up in your area.

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Network Manager: Celine Reynolds


Call:    01 426 0324

Management Development Programme

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and our networks.
The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Management Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results. Click here for more information. 

Employment Activation Programme

Farm Business Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the farming. A number of other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, see the Skillnet Ireland website.

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