Retail Recovery Programme Goes Live

Northern Regional College (NRC) is collaborating with the other Further Education colleges across Northern Ireland to help support the recovery of the retail sector.

The ‘Retail Recovery’ programme, which is fully funded through the Department for the Economy’s Flexible Skills Fund and Skills Focus programme, will kick-start with bespoke training this month through a series of webinars on support available, accessing finance and people management.

From September, all the colleges - Northern Regional College, North West Regional College, South Eastern Regional College, Southern Regional College, Belfast Met, and South Western Regional College - will work in partnership with Retail NI to deliver a tailored technical masterclasses and retail skills-based training. Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive, Retail NI said, “The retail sector has been under huge strain since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020 and has only recently become fully operational again. The face of retail has changed dramatically, and it is vitally important we support retail skills requirements with a co-ordinated approach from the FE colleges.”

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Cheryl McNeill, Business Engagement Officer, NRC Engagement Team said: “This Retail Recovery Programme has been tailored to cater to the needs of all retail businesses within the College catchment areas.

(L - R) Glyn Roberts, Retail NI and Cheryl McNeill, Northern Regional College

Encouraging local businesses to take advantage of the fully funded training opportunity, she said: “All learning will delivered in manageable timescales around the needs of businesses and will offer the opportunity to build on existing skills and also to develop new ones. The programme offers accredited qualifications from Level 2 through to Level 5 and will include topics such as marketing, branding, digital

and entrepreneurial skills alongside industry specific masterclasses.”

Visit bit.ly/CollegesRetailRecovery for full details or contact Cheryl McNeill