Applications Closing Soon

For the Retail Apprenticeship and Degree Programme 2023

To join the 2023 Cohort – apply before Friday 25th at 5pm

Applications are now closed for 2023.


Apprenticeship In Retail Supervision

Now Accepting Applications for September 2024

Class of 2021 Apprenticeship Graduates from November 2023

Part-time Degree in Retail Management

Now Accepting Applications for September 2024

Retail Ireland Skillnet Degree in Retail Management Graduates 2023

Retail Learning
Summit 2024

Empowering Retail Talent

Thursday February 29th, 10am-4pm
Ibec Offices, Baggot Street, Dublin

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Training Ireland’s Retail Talent

We offer funded training and education at operational, management and executive level for Irish retailers

Transforming Retail Talent

Established in 2000, Retail Ireland Skillnet is dedicated to advancing training and education within the Irish retail sector. We are funded by Skillnet Ireland, a national support agency of the Irish government which is designed to help Irish businesses of all sizes develop talent. We provide funded training at operational, managerial, and executive levels, making us Ireland’s premier work-based learning college for the retail industry.

Our offerings include qualifications such as the Retail Occupational Training Level 5, the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision Level 6 and Degree in Retail Management Practice Level 7 & Level 8 programmes. Additionally, we offer a variety of short courses ranging from 1 to 4 days, available both online and in a classroom setting. All our programmes are work-based and designed by industry leaders and delivered by experienced tutors.

We are passionate about the retail sector and work closely retailers operating in all sub-sectors of retail and tailor our training programmes to meet their unique organisational needs. If you are interested in finding out more – email today.


Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision

An exciting new two-year programme designed for people who have the potential to work in a management or supervisory position within retail.


Degree in Retail Management Practice

The Retail Practice Degree (Level 7 & Level 8) and the Executive Master of Business Innovation and Leadership are ideal for retail management and leadership teams. 

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Supports & Funding

Join Retail Ireland Skillnet as a member today and you will have access to the latest training, funding towards training costs, events, and so much more.


Workshops, Training
& E-Learning

Our range of practical workshops, training events, and e-learning courses are designed to educate and inspire. Practical topics that and are delivered by retail experts. 

Why Us?

Our work since 2018...

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We understand that retail is a dynamic, fast-paced, and energetic industry and we have adapted our training to suit the sector and its employees. We are passionate about work-based learning and offering retailers training that can improve their organisational performance.

We are a funded Skillnet Ireland Network. Skillnet Ireland is funded by the National Training Fund through the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science. To avail of our training or funding, you do not need to be a member of Ibec or Retail Ireland.

The team at Retail Ireland Skillnet are passionate about retail and making it the career of choice. Talk to us today about how we can help your business.

Our Core Values...

We aim to design and deliver work-based education and training programmes that meet the ever-changing needs of the Irish retail sector. We work in constant collaboration with the Irish retail sector to ensure we are addressing their training and future-skills needs.

We ensure the learner remains the primary focus of all our training & education activities. We aim to make training programmes geographically and demographically available to all retail employees providing an attainable career path within the retail sector.

We aim to promote a creative and innovative culture amongst all stakeholders where new ideas are welcomed and explored. The Retail Ireland Skillnet team is committed to promoting creativity and innovation as a way of responding to the needs of the retail industry.

We promote a culture that actively supports equality of opportunity and access across our team, learners, retail organisations and other stakeholders promoting mutual respect, open communication, and listening.

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Retail Ireland Skillnet is our choice for Training. They are a personable and friendly company to deal with. The coordinators are amazing and so helpful to deal with, always available to you. The standard and expertise of trainers is excellent. The online training and content that they offer is brilliant! Their general efficiency makes it a pleasure to work with them and we look forward to working with them as our preferred training partner in the future.”

Thomas Macken

Regional Trainer, Dealz


“Working collaboratively with Retail Ireland Skillnet over the last few years has enabled us to infuse new life and structure into our training, in a cost-effective manner”

Holly Nolan

HR Manager, O'Briens Wine


“Since joining Retail Ireland Skillnet they have proved to be a fantastic resource, not only in the provision of high quality and very cost-effective generalised courses, but also in the funding of specialised training required to allow us to retail certain products. Their focus on the retail industry and passion for the development of team members at all levels is contributing greatly to the value of retail careers in Ireland.”

Rachel Norton,

HR Manager O’Keefees of Kilkenny

Workshops, Training & E-Learning Courses

Workshop - Online Live Webinar



Workshop - Online or In Person

From €2,500 - Group up to 20


Workshop - Online or In Person

From €1250 - Group up to 20


Workshop - Online or In Person

From €2,500 - Group up to 20


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