Retail Ireland proudly supports Retail Ireland Skillnet, the industry-leading retail education and training body.

Retail Ireland Skillnet offers retail industry professionals and employees the opportunity to gain nationally and internationally recognised academic qualifications in Retail. These qualifications are certified by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland; formerly FETAC and HETAC qualifications). Also on offer is the hugely successful Retail Management Degree and the Executive Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership (in conjunction with the Letterkenny Institute of Technology).

Retail Ireland Skillnet’s unique awards are recognised as the national standard for the retail industry. RIS is funded by Ibec member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets Ltd, which itself is funded by the National Training Fund and supported by the Department of Education and Skills.

The programme owes its success to the fact that it has been developed by retailers, for retailers.

Participating retailers have reported that the Retail Ireland Skillnet programmes have contributed to greater levels of professionalism, enhanced staff morale, lower rates of absenteeism and greater retention of staff. In addition, the programmes are cost-effective and participants can further develop their new skills and apply their training on the job, on an on-going basis.