Apprenticeship In Retail Supervision

Apprentice Information

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision is a two-year Level 6 programme targeting existing retail employees seeking managerial positions in retail. This innovative programme provides aspiring retail supervisors with the knowledge, skills, and competencies to excel in the modern retail environment. It allows retail employees to continue to work while they upskill and develop their retail, human and digital skills.


Now Accepting Applications for September 2024

What is the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision?

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision is a 2-year Level 6 programme targeting existing retail employees who have been identified by employers as future managers in their organisation. The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme is delivered using a combination of on-the-job, classroom, online, and independent learning.

People working in retail know that it is more than a job in a shop – it is a fast-paced, ever-changing role that offers a wide variety of experiences in areas such as customer service, selling, supply chain, financial reporting and much more. The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme offers people who want to develop their skills and gain new knowledge in key retail disciplines an opportunity to gain a Level 6 qualification, whilst they work full-time.


What’s Involved

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme is a 2-Year programme that allows you to continue to work full-time whilst gaining a Level 6 qualification. 

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Entry Requirements

Applications to enrol an Apprentice must come from a retailer. All apprentices must be supported by their retail employer for the duration of the two-year programme.


Course Modules

Apprentices must complete 13 modules over the two-year programme. Modules are delivered in sequence so apprentices complete one module at a time.

The 5 Steps for Employer to Enroll Apprentices

Interested in registering an apprentice? Learn more about the steps involved.


Who Should Apply

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision is designed for people already working in retail seeking supervisory/managerial roles in their organisation.

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Delivery and Location

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme is delivered in Galway, Cork, and Dublin using a blend of classroom, workplace, online, and independent learning.


Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together some of the most commonly asked questions about the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision. 

Cost and €4,000 Employer Grant

There is no cost associated with registering an apprentice. Employers must support their apprentice with days off work to attend class, a laptop, travel and accommodation costs. There is an Employers Grant of €4,000 available to retailers for each employee they enrol on the programme. 

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2 Years

to complete the Apprentice Programme

24 Days

24 days delivery year 1 & 2 14 classroom & 10 online

3 Locations

Programme delivered in Galway, Cork, and Dublin

QQI Level 6

Advanced Certificate in Retail Supervision


Employers Grant available for retailers

Blended Learning

Classroom, On-the-Job, Online & Independent Study


of surveyed employers would participate again


government grant - payable in 4 instalments over 2 years

Apprentice Testimonials

Sam Costello

Tesco Ireland and Programme Graduate

Catherine Domican

Woodies and Programme Graduate

Ewelina O’Reilly

Boots Ireland and Programme Graduate

“I could not recommend the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision highly enough. I work full time and needed a course that would provide me with the retail skills to help advance my career. I love the way the programme is delivered in 2-3 day blocks one module at a time. The assignments are very much about bringing improvements to my store which is extremely beneficial to my employer and colleagues.”

Shannon Hamill

Boots Ireland

“I would encourage all Retail workers to grasp this opportunity with both hands. This apprenticeship can provide the recognition you deserve and enhance your career opportunities. It provides an opportunity for you to put your name in lights within your organisation. The workload is very manageable. I genuinely found all aspects of this course very enjoyable and had many moments of fun and laughter along this journey.”

David O’ Leary

Eurospar, BWG

“Go for it! Anyone interested in furthering their career in retail, or planning a change of position within their company would greatly benefit from this apprenticeship. As a mature student, a mother of two young children and a full-time employee, I would not have been able to afford evening classes, nor would I find the time to juggle learning at night school with my family life. The apprenticeship enabled me to achieve something that I hadn’t thought possible, and now I have a QQI Level 6 qualification that no one can take from me.”

Sally Reeves

Sainsburys Argos. (Argos Ireland)

Benefits of the Apprenticeship


The apprentice is constantly bringing new ideas to the business which has the potential to grow revenue.

Develop Talent & Excellence

Upskill your team with the skills and competencies to succeed in your business.

Cost of the Apprenticeship

It’s FREE! There is no fee for employers to register an apprentice. Plus there is a grant of €4,000 available.


Create Career Pathway

Develop a career progression route to attract and retain people to your business.


Professional Qualification

This Apprenticeship leads to a Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Retail Supervision.

Register your interest for September 2024 intake.

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