The IBEC Retail Skillnet Programme has been developed to address the needs of those operating in the retail sector. Consequently a broad cross section of retail operators have been brought together to form a network which is representative of the sector. This network of retailers, with the help of IBEC Retail Skillnet, identified needs within their sector and approved the development of National Training Modules to address these needs.
IBEC Retail Skillnet developed a range of training modules which now form the National Standards for Retailers in Ireland and these standards have been ratified and approved by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) and HETAC. On successful completion of each module candidates are awarded a FETAC Level 5 Qualification (we also cover levels 3-7). These qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised within the National Framework of Qualifications..
Stephen Lynam, Director of Retail Ireland praises the IBEC Retail Skillnet initiative. He recognises the need for training in the retail sector, particularly in light of the ever increasing competition which retailers contend with daily. He said:
“Companies who invest in their staff are the ones who survive when the going gets tough.”
He added that the training is affordable, regardless of the size or nature of the business, and this presents an opportunity for small indigenous retailers to upskill their staff. This may help them to remain competitive in a fast moving and dynamic sector.