Skills to Advance Initiative

The “Skills to Advance” programme aims to Support:

  • Employers who need some assistance in developing their workforce.
  • Vulnerable groups in the Irish workforce, particularly those who have lower skill levels and who need more opportunities to advance in their working lives.

Day Courses

Cork training centre provides full and part time day courses which provide people with workplace skills .
Training is free and in some circumstances allowances are paid.

Evening Courses

We offer a huge range of evening courses – which  have no fees for unemployed people and those eligible for Skills to Advance funding.

Community Training

The program is designed to provide opportunities for learners who are unable to participate in other training for personal, social and geographic reasons.

Specialist Training Providers

Specialist Training Providers provide vocational training courses which target the needs of people with disabilities.


Before applying for this program you must have an agreed position with an eligible employee ready to train you. For full details visit our Apprenticeship page.

Welcome to The Cork Training Centre

Cork Training Centre is a large training facility located in Bishopstown, Cork. We provide a wide range of training programmes including apprenticeships, information technology courses, commercial and industrial training courses, business training and beauty and health care courses. In addition to our facility in Bishopstown, Cork Training Centre has two satellite locations in Carrigaline which houses our Biopharma Training Facility and the other on Model Farm Road, Cork which is the location of our Hospitality Training Facility.

The Cork Training Centre is under the remit of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) which is funded by Solas to provide further education and training to meet the needs of the local economy.

Cork Training Centre is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020

Community Training Centres are also co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020