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About ICOS Skillnet

The ICOS Skillnet is a network of member co-operatives nationwide. Members use the network to avail of grant-assisted training and networking opportunities for their owners, managers and staff.

We believe that members need to improve the skills of their workforce if they are to grow and be successful in today’s business environment.

The ICOS Skillnet application under the Skillnet Ireland Training Networks Programme 2018/19 has been successful and grant aid for 2019 has been secured.

The network’s long term strategy is to continue in supporting the co-op and agri-business sectors in meeting their training & development needs to sustain competitiveness and growth for the sectors.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To provide industry specific, customised and most relevant training to the member companies in order to improve their competitiveness.
  • To promote training as a viable strategic tool.
  • To improve the quality of training and development activities and provide real opportunities to employees of the member companies.
  • To assist in creating a long term future for co-operative businesses in rural areas.
  • To contribute to the upskilling of the unemployed.

We provide training in the following areas: Co-operative & Industrial Provident Society Director Training; People Management; Planning & Strategy; Management Development; Communication Skills; Sales & Marketing; Finance; Technical Skills; Health & Safety and Information Technology.

For further information on ICOS Skillnet, please contact (01) 613-1348 or email info@icosskillnet.ie

The ICOS Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.


Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme

ICOS Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the co-op and agri-business sector. A number of other Skillnet Networks participate in the Skillnet Ireland Employment Activation programme. This initiative is designed exclusively for unemployed people and includes free training in skills in demand by companies combined with direct access to employers through meaningful work placements. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, see the Skillnet Ireland website.


Steering Group

Ann QuigleyHuman ResourcesCentenary Thurles Co-operative Creamery Ltd.0504-91900aquigley@centenarythurles.com
Lydia MahonHead of Group Human Resources Aurivo Co-operative Society Limited071 9186500lydia.mahon@aurivo.ie
Philip DucieChairman ICOS Skillnet & Human Resources Manager - Agri DivisionDairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd.025-24411pducie@dairygold.ie
Tom MoherHead of Farm Trading ServicesTipperary Co-operative Creamery Ltd. 062-33111tmoher@tipperary-coop.ie
John O'RiordanBoard MemberCork Co-Operative Marts Ltd.087-245-9025jgoriordan@gmail.comm
James O'DonnellBoard MemberNCFRS Ltd. (Farm Relief Services)087-813-7871athiseal@gmail.com
Martina TobinHuman Resources ManagerArrabawn Co-Operative Society Ltd.067-41800mtobin@arrabawn.ie
Michael O'DriscollPurchasing ManagerBandon Co-Operative Agricultural & Dairy Society Ltd.02388-29012modriscoll@bandoncoop.ie
Stephen HickeyHuman Resources Business PartnerGlanbia Agri Business056-777-2200shickey@glanbia.ie
Mairead HarnettHuman Resources ManagerKerry Agri Business063-35052maireadl.harnett@kerry.ie
T. J. FlanaganCEOICOS Ltd01-676-4783t.flanagan@icos.ie
Michaela Ronan DowneyHuman ResourcesNorth Cork Co-operative029-50003michaela@northcorkcreameries.com