About Retail Ireland Skillnet

We are Ireland’s leading provider of training and education programmes designed specifically for the retail sector. We are a government-funded body and partnered with Ibec and Retail Ireland. Founded in 2000, we work very closely with Irish retailers to develop training that addresses existing and emerging skills needs within their businesses.

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The Four Ways in Which We Support Irish Retailers

Our vision is make retail a career of choice through the provision of innovative and transformational training and education programmes. We are passionate about combining real-world retail experiences with academic and technical knowledge to develop retail employees’ skills.

Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision

This is our flagship training programme since 2019. We deliver the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. The Level 6 Retail Apprenticeship programme is free and has an annual intake of 180 apprentices commencing every year in September


Degree in Retail Management Practice

Since 2012 we have delivered the Degree in Retail Management Practice in collaboration with the Atlantic Technological University (formerly LYIT). On successful completion of the 3-year Level 7 programme, learners can progress on to the Level 8 programme. Fees are 60% subsidised

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As a government-funded body we are able to subsidise the cost of our training to make upskilling more accessible to retailers of all sizes. We also are able to support retailers with the cost of training conducted with other providers. To find out how we can support you with the cost of training, contact us or become a member today


Short Courses

We offer a range of short courses which can be delivered in the classroom or online. We constantly update our course offering to address the ever-changing skills challenges. All our courses are designed in collaboration with the Retail sector. Training can be tailored to address the specific training challenges faced by a retail organisation. 

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Why Us?

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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.