IDA Ireland skills and training related initiatives

IDA Ireland skills and training related initiatives

A number of skills and training related initiatives that IDA Ireland and others have been working on in response to the current COVID 19 pandemic and the wider remote working opportunity.

Remote Working Laois Offaly ETB / Grow Remote

IDA Ireland have collaborated with LOETB, SOLAS and Grow Remote to create two new online training programmes that develop the capability and capacity of those wishing to become Remote Workers, current Remote Workers and Line Managers nationally.

'Remote Work Ready' ( is aimed at employees and unemployed people hoping to transition to a remote working role and is fully funded.

'Leading Remote Teams' ( is aimed at Line Managers leading a team that includes remote workers. Note the managers time commitment to the programme will represent the entire company contribution to programme costs.

Both programmes are 100% online, available nationally and are of 7 weeks duration, (with additional time allocated to facilitate completion of ICDL in Remote Work Ready and for submission of assessment material in Leading Remote Teams).  

The programmes start on Tuesday, 5th May, 2020 as an initial pilot and extended to be offered on a continuous basis (subject to demand) through other Education and Training Boards – they hope to offer these two courses on a rolling / semi-continuous basis (subject to demand) via Education and Training Boards nationally.

Introduction to Lean Six-Sigma – IT Sligo Centre for Online Learning

In addition Brian Coll and the Centre for Online Learning at IT Sligo have quickly turned around their Introduction to Lean Six-Sigma training which has been very popular nationally. The course is 100% online and 100% free and runs over just 7 weeks from May 4th and only requires a maximum of 3 hours per week from each participant.

This could be exceptionally useful for clients as they recalibrate and prepare and optimise for the ‘new normal’.

Introduction to Lean Sigma Quality MOOC (May 4th - June 28th 2020)