In a powerful partnership Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, and County Tipperary Chamber Skillnet have successfully collaborated to bring about a pivotal event focused on talent development in the Southeast, for the European Year of Skills 2024. This initiative is a testament to Skillnet Ireland’s ongoing commitment to enhance the skills landscape.

The conference, held on Tuesday, April 30th, united industry leaders, educators, and professionals committed to fostering talent development within the region.

Tommie Ryan, Network Manager at Waterford Chamber Skillnet, said, "Attendees at this collaborative conference gained invaluable insights and innovative strategies to elevate their approach to training needs assessment and talent planning, which empowered them to be more competitive and strategic in today's dynamic marketplace. With a comprehensive network of 70 Skillnet Business Networks supporting regions and sectors across Ireland, businesses are supported to unlock their maximum capabilities. Collaboratively, Waterford Chamber Skillnet, Carlow Kilkenny Skillnet, and Tipperary Chamber Skillnet stood united, underscoring our unwavering dedication to fostering talent development and workforce innovation across the Southeast region."

The event spotlighted a keynote address by Kevin Hannigan, Senior Partner at HPC, who explored critical strategies for talent development with a specific focus on effective tools for conducting training needs analysis. Hannigan’s insights provided attendees with valuable methods to improve their approaches to staff training and development, perfectly aligning with the future needs of the business landscape.

Johnny Doris, Development Advisor at Skillnet Ireland, served as the MC, throughout a day of vibrant and productive discussion.