Financial Solutions Skillnet has launched its new website, www.financialsolutionsskillnet.ie , and announced its summer training programme. The website has been developed by the Financial Solutions Skillnet for the West of Ireland’s banking and financial services sector, and provides details of subsidised training that is tailored to their needs. Based in Galway and covering the West of Ireland, upcoming courses include Compliance ‘2008 The Year of Regulatory Inspection’; Wealth Management; Introduction to Pensions & PRSAs; Role of the Financial Advisor; Excel Advanced; Anti Money Laundering On-Line Training and courses on all aspects of insurance. Nuala Martyn, Network Manager, said, ‘Many financial services businesses are small to medium sized businesses who find it difficult if staff are away from the office to attend training courses in Dublin. Also, the high cost of training can be prohibitive even though owners and managers know how important ongoing training is. That’s where Financial Solutions Skillnet comes in. It’s funded primarily through the Department of Enterprise, Trade & Employment, and it was set up by local member companies who wanted to avail of top-quality training in locally. Because it’s a network of member companies, members can avail of training at much lower costs. ‘Our members tell us that the main benefits are the greatly reduced costs, the access to top quality trainers, and the fact that CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accreditation hours can be accrued for relevant courses. Members include business owners, managers and staff and there has been a great response from financial services sector in the west to date,’ she added. Caroline Igoe of C&I Financial Services in Gort is Chair of the Financial Solutions Skillnet and one of its founding members. She said, ‘It’s vital for our sector to stay abreast of financial developments, such as compliance regulations, new products and changes in the marketplace. Financial Solutions Skillnet is building a community to do this through training, networking and sharing ideas, and the new website is a great resource for members to find out more about the courses on offer.’ Businesses involved in banking and financial services can join on www.financialsolutionsskillnet.ie.