Supporting you as you
re-enter the workforce.

What is Skills Connect?

Skills Connect is an initiative developed by Skillnet Ireland to support people who are out of work to return to the workforce. It’s aim is to rapidly reskill the workers who have been most affected by COVID-19. It does this by providing free online training programmes that have been developed by each training network, to meet the needs of both the businesses and the individuals of that sector.

Through Skills Connect, individuals can enhance their job prospects by refreshing existing skill sets and expertise, or by learning new skills. Each programme includes practical work placements, to help the individual gain confidence in their new skill.
Businesses can gain from the talent and skills that the individuals have honed, which are essential for future success.

Image Skillnet is delighted to be providing free training programmes for the hair and beauty sector as part of Skills Connect. These programmes are free for people who are seeking employment. Applicants must meet the Skills Connect eligibilty criteria and also meet the specific entry criteria for each programme. Details of these are listed on each programme below. Candidates may be short listed for interview in advance of places being awarded.


ITEC Beauty Specialist with Facial Electrotherapy

Starts April 2021.

The Sanctuary Beauty Academy, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Spa Therapist Training Course

Starts April 2021.

Coogan Bergin Beauty Clinic and College, Dublin.

Trainee Hairdressing Course

Starts April 19th 2021.

Paul Davey of Hairdressing Live and Davey Davey Salon.


Starts April 26th 2021.

Ruth Davis of Next Generation School of Barbering.

ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Makeup

Starts April 2021.

The Sharon Leavy Beauty School, Portlaoise.

ITEC Nail Technician Diploma

Starts April 2021.

The Kilkenny College of Beauty and Sports Therapy, Kilkenny City.