Irish start-up Skilly enables reskilling of workforces at scale

Cloud-based software platform allows firms measure return on investment in training

Shane Maguire left Cisco in 2014 and worked with a number of Irish technology companies before founding Skilly in 2019.

Shane Maguire left Cisco in 2014 and worked with a number of Irish technology companies before founding Skilly in 2019.

The old adage that practice makes perfect provided former senior financial executive Shane Maguire with the inspiration for Skilly, a cloud-based software training platform set up just over a year ago.

Maguire saw the light while attending a golf clinic. “By the end of seven hours that combined coaching with a pure focus on practice we were chipping and putting like Rory McIlroy!” he says. “That got me thinking about how we learn, practice and then use those skills in the workplace. Organisations spend millions on training budgets yet they are not helping staff to embed their learning by encouraging the practice that’s critical to high-performance outcomes. Many of the learning and training technologies out there only focus on what you learn. Skilly focuses on how you learn and embedding that learning.”

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