Providing quality training to give
you relevant skills at a time, place
and price that works for you.


What We Do

Galway Executive Skillnet is a training network which 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 customised 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. 300 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.


Benefits of Joining

  • Subsidised Training
  • Relevant courses dictated by the members’ needs
  • Quality product – procured & QA’ed
  • Flexible provision
  • Local
  • Professional training service (Start-to-End)
  • Networking Opportunities


Promoting Agency

Steering Group

Member Companies

About Skillnet Ireland

Management Development Programmes

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is key priority for all Skillnet Ireland networks. In addition to the programmes our network delivers, Skillnet Ireland has a suite of Management Development Programmes available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses achieve better results. Click here for more information on the Skillnet Ireland website.

Employment Activation Programmes - #SkillsConnect

Galway Executive Skillnet supports the workforce development needs of businesses within the Galway region. We offer a small number/selection of industry-led and fully funded programmes for people who are not in employment, subject to eligibility criteria and the availability of places. If you are currently not in employment and wish to upskill or reskill, click here for details of Skills Connect training for people seeking employment.

Further details of Skills Connect and the eligibility criteria can be found on the Skillnet Ireland website.


"Well done on a great event. I thoroughly enjoyed participating and learning from it. "

Pádraic Ó Máille

Ó Máille Group

"Congratulations to all on an excellent event yesterday, I have spoken to several delegates and feedback was very very positive."

Linda Ford

Sallisford Coaching

"I have found the course very enjoyable, informative and practical. Looking forward to closing out on Monday and putting my new training to good use."

Noelle Horan

Sean Horan Limited

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