SFA launches 'Train to Gain' training courses for small firms

Half of all companies fail in the first five years – an alarming statistic that may seem overwhelming to many starting out in business. Studies show, however, that this failure rate could be reduced by half through investment in management capacity.

Training and upskilling are not only issues for new companies. Overall, Irish domestic firms rank second last internationally for management practices.

In this context, the Small Firms Association is delighted to launch a suite of training programmes tailored to small businesses.

In the SFA Training Survey conducted in September 2015, you responded in large numbers to identify the skills that you and your employees need to make your business more efficient, sustainable and successful. Throughout this brochure you will find courses designed specifically to address these needs.

Thank you to those who took the time to complete the survey. Based on your feedback, the courses are short and a choice of dates and locations are available. The programmes are offered at special rates that make it realistic for small companies to participate.

Full details of all courses are contained in the SFA 'Train to Gain' brochure. You will find information on training for you and your employees in project management, customer service, employment law, people management, credit management and tendering, among other topics. The courses are available in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, as well as online from your home or office. Bookings can be made via www.sfa.ie/events or by phoning Alexandra on 01-6051675.

On 28 January, the training year will kick off with a one-day programme on Performance Management and Appraisal Skills. This is a must for the people managers within your business to help you get the most from your employees and deal with any performance issues. Bookings can be made here.


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