The Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet was established in 2017 by the Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) to provide training to those working in restaurants and the wider hospitality industry, from owners to managers, head chefs to commis chefs, and front of house service staff.

Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet focuses on supporting those in employment within the Restaurant and Hospitality Industry. The Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet also 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.

These courses help members up-skill their current workforce and train those new to their business. This allows each member company remain competitive, retain staff and ensure they have the necessary tools to stay relevant and deliver quality product and customer service in a very competitive industry.

In 2018, the Restaurant & Hospitality Skillnet ran 54 training courses with 910 trainees from over 199 member companies. The trainees who attended the courses were from all levels across the restaurant business, including owners, managers, supervisors, food and beverage staff, and chefs.

For 2019, our goal is to continue to provide training courses to meet the needs of the Restaurant & Hospitality Industry. These training programmes include Kitchen Management, Customer Care, Management Development, Executive Management, Social Media, Health & Wellbeing at Work, Gastro Pub Workshop and the online Restaurant Induction Bundle. We also provide in-house Food and Beverage Skills Training with Hospitality Skills Ireland, and discounts for Sommelier and Barista Courses.

The Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. For further information on Skillnet Ireland please visit: https://www.skillnetireland.ie/

I would advise anyone thinking of doing the MDP course to go for it. It will help your confidence. Not only will you learn new things from the instructor, but you will engage with fellow students and learn from them too. The size of the class is ideal to make sure everyone gets a chance to ask questions if they need to. Each instructor is an expert in their field so they truly are experienced in what they are teaching. They are also willing to give you advice on problems you may be having in your own business.

Bernadette Thornton

Woodford Dolmen Hotel

The training received from the Restaurant and Hospitality Skillnet improved the overall working environment as head chefs learned new management skills that helped the kitchens run smoother. Key front of house staff returned from training invigorated, sharing ideas and positively impacting the atmosphere on the floor. This resulted in improved customer experience and sales.

Caroline Boyle


Kitchen Management Course - The best thing about today’s event was understanding gross profits/cost margins; excellent knowledge + experience delivery in concise and informative menus.

The Left Bank Bistro