Apprenticeship In Retail Supervision

Employers Information

Changing consumer demands, increased competition, ecommerce, and emerging technologies are constantly changing the retail landscape. This combined with the fight to attract and retain talent from different sectors makes it essential for retailers to offer opportunities to upskill and develop. The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision programme offers the pathway to develop employees and address organisational knowledge gaps.


Now Accepting Applications for September 2024

What is the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision?

A fully funded two-year programme designed for people who have the potential to work in a management or supervisory position within retail. This Apprenticeship programme provides apprentices with the skills, attitude, and competencies to excel as a Retail Supervisor in any retail subsector. It combines on-the-job, classroom, online and self-study. The apprentice continues to work-full time in your business and attends college 24-days each of the two years of the programme. Retailers have the programme has lead to constant improvements, idea generation and change initiatives in the workplace.
Retail employers operating in the Republic of Ireland can avail of a €4,000 Employer Grant for each apprentice they have enrolled on the programme. This government grant is payable in four instalments over the two-year programme.

Who Should Apply?

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision is primarily targeting existing retail employees who have been identified by retailers as future supervisors or managers in their organisation.

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Entry Requirements

The Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision offers a dynamic and innovative opportunity for people working in retail, school leavers, and career switchers to pursue a career as a Retail Supervisor.


Course Modules

The apprentice completes 13 modules over the two-year programme, developing their retail skills, human skills and digital skills equipping them the skills required for the modern retail environment.

The 5 Steps for Employer to Enroll Apprentices

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


Delivery and Location

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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


Apprenticeship Partnership

To make the apprenticeship partnership successful everyone involved must be fully involved and committed to the programme.

Cost and €4,000 Employer Grant

There is no cost associated with registering for the Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision. However employers must support their apprentice with days off work to attend class, a laptop, travel and accommodation costs.  A €4,000 Employer Grant is available for each apprentice an employer enrols on the programme.

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2 Years

to complete the Apprentice Programme

24 Days

24 days delivery year 1 & 2 Blend of Class and online

3 Locations

Programme delivered in Galway, Cork, and Dublin

QQI Level 6

Advanced Certificate in Retail Supervision


for Employers for enrol new Apprentices

Blended Learning

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


of surveyed employers would participate again


Employer Grant - payable in 4 instalments over 2 years

Employer Testimonials

Cathy Kearney

Human Resources Manager, Retail Services at BWG Foods


Brian Donaldson

CEO, The Maxol Group

Shane Flynn

Managing Director Aramark Ireland and Chair of Retail Ireland Board

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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