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Supports to get your business Brexit Ready: Upskilling

The Government runs a range of supports for upskilling in various skillsets identified as key to addressing the trade related challenges of Brexit including customs clearance, supply chain management, logistics, business development (sales/marketing), financial management and foreign languages:

InterTradeIreland’s approved ‘Brexit Service Providers’

 An extensive list of private training/consultancy providers in areas such as customs, supply chain, logistics and currency risk, and which are approved providers under the ‘Start to Plan’ voucher, are detailed on the InterTradeIreland website.

Enterprise Ireland Customs Insights Course

Enterprise Ireland’s Customs Insights online course is available to all SMEs and aims to give learners a firm understanding of the key customs concepts, documentation and processes required to succeed post Brexit. The course will advise on the key actions companies can take to prepare for customs after Brexit, and the resources available to support these actions.

Currency Risk Management for Irish SMEs

This Government of Ireland Currency Risk Management guide answers many of the questions that Irish SMEs may have when assessing and managing their exposure to foreign currency risk.

Enterprise Ireland Act On Initiative

Enterprise Ireland’s Act On Initiative helps Brexit exposed client companies to create a strong action plan and identify the opportunities and risks Brexit may pose to businesses. It focuses on three areas: financial and currency management, strategic sourcing, and customs and logistics.

Bord Bia Customs, Currency and Supply Chain training and guidance

Bord Bia Customs, Currency and Supply Chain training and guidance: In the agri-food area, Bord Bia offers its client companies training in customs and tariffs, currency risk and supply chain management. It has also developed a Food and Drinks Supply Chain Logistics guide and providers database.

Regional Skills Fora


Regional Skills Fora: A network of nine Regional Skills Fora has been created to help regional employers connect with the range of services and supports available across the education and training system. Contact your Regional Skills Fora manager to explore your options.

Skillnet Ireland

Over 65 distinct Skillnet Networks work with businesses in specific sectors, developing bespoke, State subsidised solutions to meet existing and emerging skills needs. Explore networks with experience in your area, and which understand your business needs. There are networks that cater for Agriculture/Agri-Food, Biopharma/Medtech, Engineering/Construction, Food/Beverage, Hospitality/Tourism, ICT, IFS, Manufacturing, Retail and Transport and Logistics sectors.

The Clear Customs free training initiative delivered through Skillnet Ireland offers immediate and free customs training to Customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK.

Springboard +

Springboard + is an upskilling initiative in higher education offering free or heavily subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level, leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy. A number are in the areas of business development and logistics/supply chain management. The initiative has now been expanded to include those in employment.

Logistics and Retail sector apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are currently available or are being developed across a wide range of industries and sectors. A Logistics Associate programme was rolled out in September 2018, with a number of supply chain apprenticeships due to follow in 2019. A Retail Practice apprenticeship is also due for rollout in early 2019. For further information on the range of programmes available visit the Apprenticeship Council website.

Languages Connect strategy and GradStart programme

 Diversifying trade with non-UK markets, and therefore the enhancement of employer engagement in the development and use of trade languages, will be key post-Brexit. This is a core objective of the Government’s foreign languages strategy. For more on the benefits and opportunities language competency can bring in business, see the strategy’s Languages Connect portal. Under its GradStart programme, Enterprise Ireland client companies are being supported in the recruitment of highly skilled graduates to develop and grow their business for two years. Where a company has a clear requirement for a graduate with language proficiency, 70% of individual graduate salary costs are covered.

Related reading

Expert Group on Future Skills Needs Report: Addressing the Skills Needs Arising from the Potential Trade Implications of Brexit

Further information

Find out more about getting your business Brexit ready

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