Eligible training activities

The exact activities of the network are decided by the company members. An indicative list of the types of network activities is provided below. In principle, any activities which can bring about the key goals of Finuas and are aimed at developing skills, expertise and knowledge, aligned to the needs of the international financial services industry, are eligible for support. This may include:

  • the provision, development and customisation of training programmes
  • the development of certification within the context of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
  • the engagement of industry and training and development experts to design and deliver training
  • the development of methodologies, tools and materials to support best training practice
  • the review and updating of current programmes/course materials to ensure current industry relevance
  • Industry seminars/conferences/expert master-classes
  • the development of new postgraduate and professional awards and qualifications
  • Industry knowledge sharing and networking
  • the development of market-readiness skills through innovative and applied learning opportunities such as mentoring, e-learning and on the job training
  • the ongoing engagement of member companies and the analysis of training needs of individuals, enterprises, specialised areas within the sector
  • the provision of inter-enterprise mentoring, coaching and other knowledge transfer activities and non formal learning activities
  • the publication of new training materials and information
  • the development of strategic partnerships between enterprises, providers, industry bodes and certification awarding bodies

Why Train?

Trained and motivated staff give business a sustainable competitive advantage. Research shows that companies which invest in continuous upgrading of the skills of managers and staff are more successful. Staying competitive in a global market place requires businesses to continually change their work practices and human resource strategies. Training can be used to manage and facilitate the implementation of new technology, new products, new markets and new ways of working to stay ahead of the competition.

For employers - training can boost the bottom line through:

  • Higher management effectiveness and better strategic planning
  • Higher skills levels provide businesses with a competitive edge through improved performance, quality and higher output
  • Maintain market position with competitors and international best practice
  • Increased staff morale and satisfaction
  • Attracting high performing staff

For employees – new skills, information and competence can increase opportunities by:

  • Providing new and relevant work qualifications
  • Allowing employees to maximise their performance
  • Opening up further career progression and development paths
  • Retaining employment

For job-seekers – free training in demand by industry:

  • A range of Finuas courses are open to job-seekers free of charge
  • Attend courses that are needed by, and relevant to, industry
  • Enhance your knowledge of current market trends in the international financial services sector
  • Open up career progression and development paths
  • Partake in accredited courses, where applicable
  • Create and maintain workplace links by training with those in employment
  • Improve your potential for employment through training and networking
  • The Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP) provides skills which are in demand by industry, combined with direct access to employers through work placements.