TU Dublin, Skillnet, and IDA Ireland Launch Micro-credential in Strategic Talent Development

Published: 19 Mar, 2024

TU Dublin is pleased to announce a new micro-credential: a ‘Certificate in Strategic Talent Development’, in conjunction with Skillnet and IDA Ireland. The newly accredited programme supports companies in identifying the core skills and competencies required to deliver on their business strategy and build a robust talent development strategy and plan. 

Skillnet Ireland has been successfully delivering the Strategic Talent Development Programme since 2021, with 39 companies participating in the programme to date. Its new accreditation is now worth 5 ECTS at Level 9 on the NFQ from the Graduate Business School. 

Open to IDA Ireland client companies, programme participants will identify their business objectives and/or challenges and determine how they can be addressed through the development of a formalised talent strategy. They will learn how to implement a model to create meaningful work with opportunities for growth, devise a consistent approach to employee development and foster a positive culture of continuous learning. 

Dr Colin Hughes, Head of TU Dublin Graduate Business School, said

Micro-credentials are playing an increasingly significant role in allowing businesses to upskill their workforce in key areas, with short lead-in times and flexible learning options that limit the impact on day-to-day operations. Due to its pivotal role in fostering a skilled workforce that can adapt to the dynamic market demands, strategic talent development is an area of great importance for businesses in Ireland. The TU Dublin Enterprise Academy, a Human Capital Initiative project, connects TU Dublin Faculties with enterprise partners and are proud to have been part of this partnership with Skillnet Ireland and IDA Ireland on the Strategic Talent Development Programme. The programme represents best in class in the delivery of targeted upskilling, that enhances workforce capabilities and contributes to organisational resilience and agility

Welcoming the official accreditation of the programme, Mark Jordan, Skillnet Ireland Chief Strategy Officer, said: 

The Strategic Talent Development Programme is making a real difference for FDI businesses who recognise that investment in talent development is imperative to maintain competitiveness and sustain growth. As the programme continued to evolve, it became clear that accreditation would be valuable for participants. We are delighted to partner with TU Dublin on delivering the newly accredited Certificate in Strategic Talent Development, which will continue to support IDA client companies to achieve their strategic goals

Breda O’Toole, IDA Ireland Head of Talent Transformation & Innovation, said: 

Since launching, the Strategic Talent Development Programme has been hugely successful in enabling IDA Ireland client companies to develop a talent strategy that directly aligns with and contributes to their business objectives. We are very grateful to our partners Skillnet Ireland and TU Dublin, for their support in delivering this newly accredited programme which empowers our clients to drive their own success and navigate future challenges

The TU Dublin accredited ‘Certificate in Strategic Talent Development’ micro-credential programme will be delivered online, through a structured blend of workshops and one-to-one mentoring with expert workforce development mentors. Participants will receive a micro-credential award worth 5 ECTS at Level 9 on the NFQ from the Graduate Business School, Faculty of Business at TU Dublin. 

To learn more about Skillnet Ireland visit: www.skillnetireland.ie To learn more about IDA Ireland visit: www.idaireland.com