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.

Courses for Learners who are Unemployed

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.

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 in Bishopstown dedicated to providing multiple options for further education to the local economy. 

We provide a wide range of training programmes, including apprenticeships, day courses, solely online courses, courses in information technology, as well as courses for the hospitality sector. We also offer a number of business and administration courses, as well as courses in engineering, health and welfare, and beauty therapy.

The training courses we offer are recognised by leading awarding institutions, and some are also QQI certified.

Our overall goal is tohelp employers, employees, and individuals in Cork fulfill specific business and career goals. In addition to our facility inBishopstown, Cork Training Centre has two satellite locations in Carrigaline which house our Biopharma Training Facility and the other on Model Farm Road, Cork which is the location of our Hospitality Training Facility. Where required, we supplement in-house training with contracted or community training. 

The Cork Training Centre operates under the remit of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB), and is funded by SOLAS to provide further education and training to meet the local economy’s needs. 

Cork Training Centre is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund. 

Community Training Centres are also co-funded by the Irish Government, the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative.