Like all other sectors in the economy, in retail having a qualification is now essential for career advancement and improved competence in the workplace. The sector is more competitive now than ever before. With the advancement of new technologies and new ways of doing business, the employee is required to possess high levels of knowledge, skills and competencies in a wide range of areas.

By attending training delivered by subject matter experts, the employee can ensure that he/she is positioned to meet these challenges head on and spot opportunities for improvement that might otherwise not have been identified. Those employees with the qualifications will be able to avail of better career opportunities within the organisation.

Retail Ireland Skillnet has a wide range of 50% funded training courses starting at basic operational level right up to top management level. All these courses are Work Based Learning programmes that recognise your current learning and allows you to access training at a level relevant to your current skills and future aspirations.
In addition, all of our training is certified by an awarding body allowing employees receive certificates for their efforts.

Retail Ireland Skillnet offers employees the opportunity to gain nationally and internationally recognised qualifications in retail.

Some of the benefits from an employee’s perspective of participating in our training include:
• Improved confidence and competence in the workplace
• Improved opportunities for career development
• Networking with other retail employees at the same level
• Availing of 50% discounts for training received
• Accreditation in the form of certificates e.g. Minor Awards, Major Awards, Degree, and Masters
• Recognition for learning in the workplace

“I have completed a number of Retail Ireland Skillnet training programmes in the last few years. I am currently completing the degree in Retail Management and thoroughly enjoying it. All the training is accredited and work based, meaning knowledge gained can be transferred into improvements on the shop floor. All the trainers have been excellent and I look forward to completing further courses with Retail Ireland Skillnets in the future.”
Emma Coone, Mothercare