9 in 10 businesses required some level of upskilling in the midst of Covid-19

As part of the Government’s response to the challenges of the Covid-19 crisis the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation through its agency Enterprise Ireland conducted a recent survey that has revealed, of the companies that have availed of Enterprise Ireland’s Covid-19 Lean Business Continuity voucher so far, more than 90% have identified a need to upskill some existing staff, with one third believing all staff will require upskilling to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic


Covid 19 Lean Business Supports

The Lean Business Continuity Voucher, which is available to SMEs employing 10 or more in the manufacturing or internationally traded service sectors, allows them to access up to €2,500 in training or advisory services support related to the continued operation of their businesses during the current pandemic.

The results from a survey of 50 Lean consultants from all around the country also found high levels of compliance with back-to-work protocols and adherence to social distancing measures, with 96% of companies observed as complying with the Government’s guidelines.

The voucher allows companies to access external independent experts and the top three areas where their advice is valued were:

1. the business strategy in light of changing marketplace/supply chains and customer needs
2. changes to the physical layout of operations and
3. 
process re-engineering.

Other areas included, advice on developing a new business model, advice to comply with physical distancing and hygiene issues and people management issues.

Almost 60% of the companies approved for the voucher are in the Industrial, Lifesciences and Consumer sector while just over a quarter of approvals (26%) are in ICT and International Services.

The Lean Business Continuity Voucher can be applied for online with approval time averaging at less than 48 hours.

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