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Galway Executive Skillnet


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About Us

Galway Executive Skillnet is a training network that provides Government-subsidised training to local private sector companies and their employees, to help them upskill and increase their competitiveness.

Galway Executive Skillnet (GES) was formed in 2002 as a direct response to the needs of local businesses in Galway city & its environs, to improve the skills of employees within the local business community in order to maintain competitiveness and enhance employability. The main objective of Galway Executive Skillnet is to deliver high-quality, cost-effective, relevant, flexible, and customized training locally in the West of Ireland to our member companies. Although our members are primarily based in Galway city, we also have members in the neighbouring counties i.e. Clare, Mayo & Roscommon.

Galway Executive Skillnet has ca. 400 active member companies. They vary in size from large multi-nationals to medium, small, and micro indigenous businesses, including sole traders. With a focus on smaller businesses, there is great diversity in terms of sectors, from manufacturing to the service sector, straddling industries such as life sciences, hospitality, financial services, technology, and retail to name but a few. Within the network, training courses are delivered across a diverse range of skills – including management development, transversal skills, and functional expertise.

Galway Executive Skillnet also fills an important gap by helping member companies to identify training needs, plan training, and source appropriate training vendors. Having this work done centrally saves duplication of effort, time, and money for member companies. This is particularly important as the majority of member companies do not have an HR/Training function internally.


  • Subsidised Training
  • Relevant courses dictated by the members’ needs
  • Quality product – procured & QA’ed
  • Flexible provision
  • Networking Opportunities

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