Employees from Leading National Retailers Graduate from Donegal ETB Course

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Level 6 Work-Based Learning Practices graduates and speakers.

Fifty-three employees from over thirty of the country’s leading retailers received their Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Work-Based Learning Practices from Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB) at an event in Dublin tonight.

Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service and Programme Director for Apprenticeship in Retail Supervision, Ibec, Dr Oran Doherty, developed the Level 6 Special Purpose Award in Work-Based Learning Practices to support practitioners from industry and education to design, deliver and coordinate training/education programmes for those already in employment and those about to commence employment.

This course recognises the ever-changing world of work and the need for training to move away from the traditional classroom environment to the workplace. Delivered by Donegal ETB in cooperation with Retail Ireland Skillnet, it focused on a collaborative approach by employers and educators to create training that was relevant to the future world of work and the need for a greater retention of staff.

One of those who completed this training was Anne Marie Lynch, Musgrave Group’s Training and Development Administrator, who noted, “For my role at Musgrave’s, I found real-world applications for the course content, emphasising work-based learning and the importance of future skills. I was pleasantly surprised by how current and relevant the content was, and my overall experience with Donegal ETB was fantastic. The training also highlighted the need for future skills education, which I believe is crucial. I left the course feeling grateful for the valuable education it provided.”

Edel Duffy, Capability Manager at Boots Ireland said, “From the moment I enrolled in the course, I knew I was in good hands. The level of professionalism and dedication shown throughout the programme by Oran Doherty and the Donegal ETB team surpassed my expectations. The training content was comprehensive, relevant, and up-to-date, reflecting the latest industry trends and best practices.

“Oran was highly knowledgeable and was always willing to go the extra mile to ensure we understood the material thoroughly. He gave us fantastic direction and fostered a supportive and inclusive learning environment, making it easy to ask questions and engage in discussions. This training has been valuable to my workplace, and I believe it highlights the importance of industry and education collaborating together.”

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Vinny McGroary, Donegal ETB Area Training Manager.

The companies involved in the training were Applegreen, Aramark, Aurivo, Boots Ireland, Brown Thomas Arnotts Ltd., BWG Foods, Carraig Donn, Circle K, Corrib Oil, Customer Service Excellence Ireland, Donegal ETB, Dubray Books, Dunnes Stores, Easons, Intersport Elverys, Circet, Macs Place Ltd, Musgrave, National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), Next, Lidl Ireland, O’Briens Wines, O’Keeffes of Kilkenny Ltd, Peopletime, Retail Ireland Skillnet, Skillnet Ireland, SPAR, Tesco Ireland, Uniphar Group and Woodies.

Donegal ETB’s Area Training Manager Vinny McGroary congratulated the graduates saying, “in your roles as HR leaders, I hope that this training will add great value to your current and future employees in their growth and development.

“I would also like to acknowledge the unique collaboration in this instance between Donegal ETB, IBEC, Retail Ireland Skillnet and SOLAS which enabled us to deliver such a powerful programme to a particularly high-profile cohort of learners.”

Employers who are interested in undertaking this course in 2024 should contact enterpriseengagement@donegaletb.ie or apply online: https://www.donegaletb.ie/course-detail/?CourseId=415334.

Speakers Dr Oran Doherty, Retail Ireland Skillnet Manager Sean Carlin and SOLAS Manager – Enterprise, Employees and Skills Noreen Fitzpatrick.