New resource for those wishing to upskill or retrain

A new online portal for those hoping to upskill or retrain is being launched by the Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris today.

The portal is described as a “one stop shop for businesses, employees or unemployed persons”.

It outlines the third level options available to them, including short part-time courses right up to full time third level courses. 

There is also information for those who are on a social welfare payment but may want to upskill.

“If you are unemployed temporarily as a result of Covid-19, now could be the time to do a short course. You can still retain your social welfare payments while undertaking the course,” Minister Harris explained. 

“Or if you are in employment but want to improve your skillset, there are options available to you too,” he added. 

Business owners are also being encouraged to explore the range of upskilling options available from Skillnet Ireland including enterprise-led business supports, targeted upskilling opportunities for employees in businesses, free online training programmes and virtual job placements.

The online portal is available at