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The ability of the financial services sector to address ESG concerns material to it, has a significant impact on its long-term sustainability. For Ireland’s financial services sector to maintain and grow its expertise and reputation for highly rated financial services, it must strengthen its capacity for innovation, boost sustainable finance skills and talent and develop best practice in this area. In doing so, there needs to be a smooth interaction between developing the sector as a leading sustainable finance hub and supporting education at all levels. As such, the link between finance and the real economy and the way ESG considerations integrate with banking, insurance and investment activities and business models needs to become an integral part of training. In realising this objective, SIF Ireland partners with the Sustainable Finance Skillnet to provide a range of practical training options on sustainable and responsible investment.


Supported by Skillnet Ireland, the Sustainable Finance Skillnet is a national network aimed at developing leadership capacity and staff skills to advance ESG best practice across all asset classes in Ireland.

From leadership events, access to online development courses and bespoke in-house training development programs, each element is designed to upskill Irish located capital market professionals that seek an insight into the ESG and responsible investment agenda, providing targeted guidance and support to companies, while responding to the rapidly evolving sustainable finance agenda.

Whatever stage you are at with managing or embedding the ESG agenda, the Sustainable Finance Skillnet will build capacity, thus creating value and opportunities for you and your organisation. Grants of 60% are available to Irish located financial service sector who avail of the suite of Sustainable Finance Skillnet supported courses.


Over 100 companies have availed of support.


Partnership is open to all Irish located financial service sector actors – institutional investors (pension funds, unit trusts and others), asset owners and managers, insurance and banking, industry bodies, as well as other organisations with activities in Ireland that have a substantial interest in sustainable and responsible investment.

You can request a course for the future or register your company for membership.

Please email for more information.

About Skillnet Ireland Training Network

Skillnet Ireland is an enterprise-led agency which supports and works with businesses in Ireland to address their current and future skills needs. Skillnet Ireland fund groups of companies in the same region/sector, and with similar training needs, through training networks. Over 60 training networks in a range of sectors and/or regions around Ireland are funded and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet is one of the networks. Enhancing management capacity, particularly in SMEs, is a national policy imperative and a major priority for Skillnet Ireland and our networks. Skillnet Ireland was established in 1999 and is funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES).