Brexit is having an impact on the skills requirements of companies here, according to the head of the state body tasked with upskilling the workforce.
Paul Healy, CEO of Skillnet Ireland, said the decision of our nearest neighbour to leave the EU was affecting the training and talent needs of businesses right across the economy.
"Brexit is pervasive. It has skills implications, whether that's about marketing skills to forage out new markets, whether it's about innovation, whether it's about helping exposed businesses to become more lean and efficient. It has skills implications right across the economy," he said.
Skillnet Ireland is overseeing the implementation of a new programme designed to help importing and exporting companies who will be impacted by the customs and trade implications of Brexit.
They're being invited to apply for free training and financial supports from the government and industry partners.
Clear Customs provides free training over a 6 week period to ensure businesses can make compliant customs declarations.
"It's one of a series of business support measures provided by government. The aim is to support smooth and efficient trade flows by helping businesses and the customs intermediary sector to develop the extra capacity needed to handle additional customs requirements," Paul Healy said.
Eligible businesses can also apply for a financial support package to put towards the cost of recruiting or assigning new staff to customs roles.
The payment is worth up to €6,000 per employee up to a maximum of 10 employees per company.
"This is aimed at assisting firms with the staffing, IT and other costs associated with boosting the customs capacity within firms."
Skillnet Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from businesses that wish to apply.
"We are urging firms that may have exposure, that may be trading with frequency and volume with, or through, the UK to consider their customs procedures to see if they can boost their in-house capacity. Could they train staff who could work on compliant customs declarations on behalf of the company?"