Retail Expertise

Retail Ireland Skillnet (RIS) is Ireland’s leading body for retail education and training. RIS has been developed to address the retail education and training needs of those operating in the retail sector. Since our foundation in 2000, we have delivered certified work based learning programmes to over 14,000 people working in retail.

We are governed by a strong steering committee comprised of representatives from: Brown Thomas, Heatons, Easons, BWG Foods, Mothercare, Kilkenny, Tesco Ireland, Ibec, Woodies DIY, and Letterkenny Institute of Technology that meet 6 times per year. All our training programmes have been designed in consultation with retail practitioners.

Retail Education

We currently deliver an award in Managing and Mentoring People, a Degree in Retail Management Practice and an Executive Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership in collaboration with Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LyIT). We are currently recruiting for our Degree in Retail Management Practice. To find out more, a brochure and online application form can be found here.

Retail Training

We have a range of occupational qualifications at Level 5 on the framework of qualifications suitable for operational level employees including Retail Customer Service, Retail Communications, Retail Selling Skills, Retail Security, Retail Merchandising, Safety and Health at Work, Retail Stock Control, Effective Working Conditions and Work Experience. We also have developed a level 6 Assessor Award for supervisors or department managers who deliver the training.

How can Retail Ireland Skillnet work for you?

We have a wide range of training and education programmes available for those employed within the Irish retail sector. Programmes are 50% funded by government and can be tailor-made to suit your company. Call us on 0749176853 to find out more or access our information brochure below.

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Retail Ireland Skillnet is funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd. funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.




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All the training is 50% funded

from the National Training Fund, through the Department of Education and Skills.

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