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 facilityinBishopstown dedicated to providingmultiple options for further education to the local economy. 

We provide a wide range of training programmes, including apprenticeships, day coursesnight courses and online courses in various subjects like information technologycommercial and industrial trainingbusiness administration and beauty and health care. 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 fulfil 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 supplementin-house training with community training and in-house training. 

   The Cork Training Centre is under the remit of Cork Education and Training Board (CETB), 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 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.