Learning Waves was set up in 2004 to provide training for those working in the Independent Commercial Radio Sector in Ireland and is an industry led initiative. The Network is funded by Skillnet Ireland (a government initiative) together with all of the Independent Commercial Radio Stations in the country. Currently there are 34 Independent Commercial Radio Stations in the network, together with IRS+, Urban Media, and Media Central. Alongside this, the networks works in partnership with the industry regulator, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland(BAI) and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland(IBI). The network will continue to grow as the industry grows. The network currently represents 100% of the industry.
Learning Waves Structure
Learning Waves' Chairperson is Martin Howard, Programme Director in Shannonside/Northern Sound and the board is made up of 13 members all representing different stations across the country. Sub-Committees have been set up for Sales, News, Music, Digital, IT & Engineering and Administration Training and these committees are responsible for identifying training needs in the respective disciplines. A full-time Project Manager oversees the daily activities of Learning Waves.
Since 2004, through the support that has been provided by Skillnet Ireland and member stations, over €3.21 million has been invested in training in the Independent Radio Sector. This has resulted in the provision of over 20,965 training days to over 5,685 participants.
Since its inception Learning Waves Skillnet has seen the industry pool its knowledge to its advantage, and has provided networking opportunities where the industry can explore ways to maximize their combined strength against competitors.
Learning Waves Skillnet focusses on supporting those in employment within the Independent Commercial Radio sector. The network also participates 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. For further information on Skillnet Networks offering free training programmes for those seeking employment, subject to eligibility criteria, click on the above link for more information.
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