The arts, culture, media and creative sectors are critically important to Ireland both in terms of economic value but also in terms of social and cultural value and in terms of Ireland’s reputation globally.
These sectors are also experiencing significant expansion and related challenges. One of the most important challenges facing these sectors is ongoing support for skills and talent development.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet was set up to respond to this challenge and become the core skills and talent development engine for the entire creative and cultural ecosystem in Ireland.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet was established in January 2023 as a consolidation and expansion of three existing and established Skillnet Business Networks (Animation Skillnet, Screen Skillnet and Immersive Technologies Skillnet) to support the following cultural and creative sectors: Animation, Visual Effects, Games, Film, TV, Documentary, Post-Production, Immersive Technologies, AR/VR, Virtual Production, Digital Media, Entertainment Events, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and network companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science.
Over the last 10 years we have established a credible reputation within the creative sectors as providers of high-quality and industry-focused skills and talent development programmes and related supports that have a lasting impact.
In that time we have delivered over 1,000 skills and talent development programmes that have supported career development for industry practitioners and business advancement for creative companies.
Our USP has always been the design, development and delivery of responsive, bespoke, specialist, flexible programmes by industry professionals with defined career paths in mind, that address substantiated sectoral needs.
Our focus is to design, develop and deliver skills and talent development programmes that respond to the needs of the sector that include graduate access/bridging programmes; work-based learning; media literacy; digital transformation; management and leadership development; diversity and inclusion; sustainability and green production; workforce innovation; workplace culture; business development; IP development; technical skills; role-specific specialist skills; and future skills that are critical to the sector like creative thinking, teamwork and adaptability.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet is managed by Furthr (formerly Dublin Business Innovation Centre). Since 1988, Furthr has established a strong reputation for providing ambitious company founders and entrepreneurs with everything they need to start and scale their businesses, through consultancy, programmes, and events.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet is overseen by a passionate and dedicated Steering Group that provides ongoing support and guidance to the network, and is made up of representatives from key stakeholders in the industry.
Cultural & Creative Industries Skillnet is co-funded by Skillnet Ireland and network companies. Skillnet Ireland is the business support agency of the Government of Ireland that helps businesses of all sizes identify and develop the talent they need to succeed. A ‘Skillnet’ is a training network comprised of private sector businesses, working together to facilitate increased participation in workforce learning. Skillnet Ireland currently supports over 16,000 companies nationwide, across a range of 70 Skillnet Business Networks.
We have a strong track record of engagement, partnership and collaboration with key industry stakeholders including Enterprise Ireland, the Industrial Development Authority, Screen Ireland, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Screen Producers Ireland, Animation Ireland, VFX Association of Ireland, Imirt, Eirmersive, the Arts Council, Business to Arts, the Irish Theatre Institute and many others.