This year, the Irish Franchising Skillnet intends to address urgent skills demand in their sector, while at the same time offering job-seekers effective training and career development prospects. As part of the network’s Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP), the Irish Franchising Skillnet and the National College of Ireland (NCI) are currently running a comprehensive six-month Certificate in Retail Management. The franchise sector is one of the fastest growing in Ireland, and over one third of this sector is comprised of retail-based businesses.
This course, which runs until November 2017, was designed by NCI and was developed in conjunction with business members of Retail Excellence Ireland. The programme offers modules in finance, customer relations, retail operations, people management and development, and allows learners a genuine insight into the strategies and operations of the industry. Participants learn through lectures, workshops, field trips and practical sessions.
In addition to the six-month course, learners will be provided with a six-week work placement with a leading Irish retailer. They will be given the opportunity to put their skills into practice and gain hands-on work experience, while companies will be offered the chance to hire well qualified staff.
Irish Franchising Skillnet Network Manager, Siobhan O’ Callaghan believes that the programme addresses several important issues in the Irish franchise industry, and foresees that companies will benefit significantly from being offered such well trained and skilled staff:
“We’re very excited about launching this course as part of our 2017 Job-seekers Support Programme (JSSP). Not only does it respond to important skills needs in the sector, it offers graduates the qualifications and competencies necessary to make a real impact in businesses. As a network, we are also appreciative of how difficult it can be for SMEs to invest time and money in employees attending programmes such as these. Through educating job-seekers in this area we intend to help our member companies overcome this challenge and increase competitiveness.”
Deirdre Giblin, Head of Professional Education and Training at NCI stated “It has been well documented in recent years that management skills in Irish SMEs are relatively low, despite these leadership abilities being critical to driving the growth, innovation and adaptability of enterprises. In addition to this general demand for management skills, the prospect of Brexit has made management abilities in Irish businesses even more essential. Through running this course, the Irish Franchising Skillnet will be in a position to offer their member companies the skills necessary to overcome several economic challenges, whilst also providing job-seekers with long-term, transversal skills.”