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Degree in Retail Management – Applications now OPEN!

We are now accepting applications for our hugely popular Degree in Retail Management Practice
Places on this course fill up fast every year so now is your chance to secure your place on our ‘Debt Free Degree’!
Why choose this Degree?

Allows you to work full-time while you study
50% funding is available to all – annual fees are just €1500
Only 16 class based days per year are required – all other learning/coursework is conducted in your place of work
Delivered on ‘retail-friendly’ dates
Work-based learning means all learning is practical and directly related to your everyday retail role
Proven track record – most graduates are promoted following Degree completion

To find out more information please click here.
If you would like to apply for your place on the Degree, click here
For any further queries, please contact the Retail Ireland Skillnet office on 0749176853 or email

Valentine’s Day in Ireland

What do Irish people really think of Valentine’s Day? And how does the average Irish person splash out on their significant other?

The article below, published today by has some interesting insights!…

Today is Valentine’s day and in a recent survey conducted by iReach Insights, 1,000 adults were asked about Valentine’s day and their view on Valentine’s day and plans for the holiday.
The research shows that the majority of adults (73%) aren’t big fans of Valentine’s day. In a further breakdown, 7% of adults in Ireland are huge fans of Valentine’s day, interestingly more male (10%) than female (5%). Twenty per cent are somewhat a fan of Valentine’s, 38% are not really fans and 35% are not fans of Valentine’s day at all. Eighty per cent of those who answered they’re not a fan of Valentine’s day aren’t one because they think it’s too commercialised, 45% aren’t a fan because everything is overpriced and 28% because they think it’s not a celebration.

Fifty seven per cent of those who are a fan of Valentine’s day are one because they think it’s a good reminder to appreciate your relationship, 47% think it’s a nice day to remember with your partner [58% male, 37% female] and 45% like Valentine’s day because it’s a day to celebrate love.

People in Ireland will celebrate Valentine’s day with dinner (33%), staying in and watch a movie together (26%), with a weekend away (10%), go for a few drinks (12%) and go to cinema (11%). 

Just over half of respondents (55%) will buy a present for their partner and 45% won’t. When asked “What will you buy?”, people answered with buying a card (51%) [40%: male, 65%: female], flowers (37%) [61%: male, 7% female] chocolate (33%), [...]

February 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Retail Ireland Skillnet – Explained in 95 seconds!

We are delighted to share our new ‘explainer’ video with you! This short clip will give viewers a real sense of what Retail Ireland Skillnet is all about –  and in just 95 seconds!


February 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Look Who Came to Visit us Yesterday!

Pat Breen – Minister of State for Employment and Small Business


Joe McHugh – Minister of State for the Diaspora and Overseas Development

paid Retail Ireland Skillnet a visit yesterdy at our office at the CoLab at Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Network Manager Sean Carlin introduced the ministers to how we assist the Irish retail sector and how we have become the leading provider of retail education and training in Ireland. The Ministers were particularly interested in how our work-based approach operated in everyday scenarios and how we manage the industry/academic balance.

As you can see from the pictures, there were plenty of smiles all round!

December 6th, 2016|Retail Events|

You won’t believe the latest shopping technology!!

Imagine being able to walk into a store, pick up what you want and just walk straight out the door again – no queues, no checkouts, no hassle! Well imagine no more, are Amazon are set to make this store concept a reality very soon.

Using what they claim to be “the world’s most advanced shopping technology”, Amazon Go is the company’s first convenience store. Due to open in Seattle in early 2017, the store will operate through their ‘Amazon Go’ App. When a shopper enters the store, they check in via the app which uses the latest technology to track what they pick up in store. The system then senses when they’re leaving, adds up their items and charges their Amazon account. Amazing!

Watch the video by clicking here to find out more.


December 6th, 2016|Retail Innovation|

Black Friday in Ireland – What You Need to Know for 2016

The Irish Independent has published a list of Ireland’s best bargains ahead of Black Friday 2016, which is set to fall this coming Friday, 25th November. This is reportedly the biggest sales day of the year for Irish retailers – and consumers! So being well informed could be well worth it in saving you some much needed €€€s in the lead up to Christmas.

As you might expect, the main shopping streets will be chockablock, so if you don’t fancy wrestling your way through the crowds/queues there’s always the option to shop online. Remember to stay safe though if choosing this option, make sure the retailer is reputable and don’t fall for bargains that seem way too good to be true – as the saying goes “If in doubt, cut it out!!”.

Read more on the Irish Independent’s article here



November 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Well Done Fashion Retail Academy!!

The Fashion Retail Academy (FRA) has been rated as Outstanding by a recent Ofsted assessment! Retail Week have reported that the FRA received Ofsted’s highest possible rating in every area of its curriculum. Among other areas, it listed employer partnerships, career progression and teaching quality as outstanding.

We were delighted to visit the Fashion Retail Academy on our September Retail Study Tour to London and have them give us an insight into how the Academy operates. Createdin 2005 by founding members including Arcadia, M&S, Next and Tesco, the employer-led college now works with more than 130 digital, luxury and high street retailers.

Similar to Retail Ireland Skillnet’s Work-Based Education model, the FRA’s courses are developed to give students an in-depth knowledge of the retail fashion sector whilst also being equipped with the practical experience of the work environment.

We very much look forward to working with the FRA in the future and would like to congratulate the team on this fantastic achievement!

November 15th, 2016|Industry News|

Staff Awards Ceremony at Woodies!

Last week saw 103 Woodies staff members from all over Ireland receive their Level 5 Certificates in Retail Customer Service! A special event was held at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin on Tuesday 1st November to celebrate their success.
Declan Ronayne, CEO of Woodies was in attendance to show his support for the colleagues. Deputy Fiona O’Loughlin, gave the graduates a warm address and congratulated them on their achievements. She went on to discuss the importance of upskilling staff in today’s competitive market and noted how Retail Ireland Skillnet offers this opportunity in a very practical way through work-based education.

As the body responsible for developing and delivering this award, Retail Ireland Skillnet’s network manager Sean Carlin commented how he was; “…delighted to be part of today’s celebration and to see so many Woodies staff benefit from the in-house training.”

November 8th, 2016|Retail Events|

Graduation Day is Here!

It’s graduation day at the Letterkenny Institute of Technology!

Today, Friday 28th of October, will see 82 students (yes 82!) graduate through the Degree and Masters classes which are developed and delivered by Retail Ireland Skillnet in conjunction with the LyIT.

57 will receive their Degree in Retail Management Practice
A further 10 will receive their Honours Degree in Retail Management Practice
15 more students will be awarded their Masters of Innovation in Innovation and Leadership

We would like to wish each and every graduate a heartfelt congratulations and the very best wishes for your future careers in the retail sector!

October 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Retail Ireland Summit 2016 – The Omnichannel Challenge

Retail Ireland’s annual Retail Summit will be held next Thursday – October 6th at the Guinness Storehouse. This year the Summit is focused on the Omnichannel Challenge…retailer’s don’t miss out!

On the agenda

The contemporary and future consumer
How to execute the complete retail omnichannel strategy
The best-in-class models for further education and continuous upskilling of retail employees

Delegate profile

The conference is a must for all retail leaders who want to learn how to engage customers in a seamless, integrated way across various channels. The conference is also of particular relevance to HR directors looking for the best models to plug skills gaps through continuous employee upskilling and development.

Read more on the event and book your tickets here


September 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|