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The RSTC Traineeship is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020


What is Skills to Advance?

A new policy framework Supporting Working Lives and Enterprise Growth in Ireland: 2018 - 2021.

It complements ongoing investment in skills development by employers and existing Government-supported initiatives.

This new policy will enable targeted support for vulnerable groups in the Irish workforce, particularly those who have lower skills levels and who need more opportunities to advance in their working lives. The policy also supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who need some assistance to invest in and develop their workforce.

How do employees access Skills to Advance?

Employees can access upskilling and reskilling opportunities by one of three routes:

Route 1: Delivered directly to employees

Helping grow and evolve skills to advance their work options.

Route 2: Through business engagement

Developed in consulation with individual small and medium sized businesses to address the particular needs of their workforce.

Route 3: As part of regional development

To help get ahead of vulnerabilities and strong emerging opportunities in regions and industries across Ireland.

New initiative in Leadership and Management now available to businesses to develop their workforce. Click here for more information.


What Small and medium-sized enterprises may apply?

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME's) are eligible to apply meeting the following criteria -

SME's with employees:

  • whose skills level is below level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications
  • and/or 50+ years of age
  • and/or in sectors at risk of economic displacement 

Where can I find out more?

Further information can be accessed here or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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