SIMI Skillnet

Professional training and qualifications

SIMI Skillnet was established to develop career paths for those entering and working in the Motor Industry and provide professional training and qualifications for all grades of employment in the industry.

About SIMI Skillnet

SIMI applied for and has received substantial funding from SKILLNET Ireland, to subsidise training for SIMI network members since 2013. Skillnet Ireland is funded through the Department of Education and Skills. All of the SIMI Skillnet courses listed below are jointly funded, by member companies and the Training Networks Programme. The benefit of the SIMI Skillnet subsidy is that course fees are now at least 25% less than normal rates.

We provide opportunities to employees in SIMI member companies to enhance their skills and gain new competencies which will increase the competitiveness and profitability of their companies. In offering the same training to unemployed job seekers, at no cost, the programme also aims to improve their chances of gaining employment in our industry for the first time and for those who previously worked in the Motor Industry, enhancing the skill levels to increase their chances of recruitment by being able to demonstrate their additional skills and competencies in new vehicle technologies and business practices.

SIMI Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnet Ireland. funded through the Department of Education and Skills. See more 

Current Courses Available

To view our current list of courses please click here 
For details of upcoming courses which are available for bookings or if you have any queries please contact

Margaret O’Shea SIMI Skillnet Network Manager
Tel: 01-6761690 or email:

SIMI Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnet Ireland. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.


SIMI Skillnet primarily focuses on supporting those in employment within the Motor Industry in the Republic of Ireland. Whilst our key focus is on the needs of member companies, we also offer a small number of fully-funded programmes for jobseekers, subject to eligibility criteria and places being available on the programme.  
We offer a limited number of FREE places to those who are unemployed and seeking to increase their employment prospects through up-skilling in relevant training. If you are currently unemployed, you may be eligible to attend training with SIMI Skillnet with no charge or impact on your social welfare payments or benefits (for those who are in receipt of such payments). Click eligibility criteria for more details. 

Several 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 information on other Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, see the Skillnet Ireland website. 

Management Developement

Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and it’s Learning Networks.  
The suite of Skillnet Ireland Management Development Programmes are available to help business owners and managers improve business performance and enable businesses to achieve better results. Click here for more information.