Martin Costello, Branch Manager, Tipperary Co-op was among the first in Ireland to complete a new Management Development Programme, designed exclusively for the Irish co-operative sector by ICOS Skillnet, the learning and development division of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).

The ICOS Skillnet programme ties in closely with the objectives of Food Wise 2025 – the strategic plan for growth in the agrifood industry and the Report on Future Skills Needs in the Food and Drink Sector.

Speaking about the new programme ICOS President, Martin Keane, said “The ICOS Skillnet management development programme supports talent development and creates competitive advantages for the business, ensuring a cohort of skilled future managers and leaders for the future, based on best practice and strong business management principles. Based on the success of this inaugural programme, I am confident that it will make an important contribution to the competitiveness of our industry.”


Martin Costello, Branch Manager, Tipperary is presented with his certificate by T.J. Flanagan, ICOS CEO; Breeda Flood, ICOS Skillnet; Martin Keane, ICOS President and Billy Goodburn, ICOS Skillnet at the graduation ceremony for co-op staff on the ICOS Skillnet management development programme. Picture: Alf Harvey/