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 Bishopstown Campus

The Bishopstown Campus is a large training facility 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, the campus has two satellite locations, one in Carrigaline which houses our Life Sciences Centre, and the other on Model Farm Road, Cork, which is the location of our Westside Hospitality Centre. Where required, we supplement in-house training with contracted or community training. 

The Cork College of FET – Bishopstown Campus 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. 

The Cork College of FET –
Bishopstown Campus 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.

Want to join our team in Bishopstown Campus?
Drop a copy of your CV to us at