Inaugural graduation of Retail Management Practice degree

Thursday, 12 November 2015
Retail Ireland, the Ibec group that represents the retail sector, last night marked the achievements of the inaugural graduates of the Bachelor of Business Studies degree in Retail Management Practice at graduation ceremony in Dublin's Royal College of Physicians. This new flagship programme developed by Retail Ireland Skillnet has been part Government and part industry funded and is aimed at up-skilling and providing further education opportunities to Ireland’s retail professionals.

Speaking at the event in Dublin’s Royal College of Physicians, Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation,Damien English TD said: "I am delighted to join Retail Ireland in marking the fantastic achievements of this first group of graduates of the BBS in Retail Management Practice. Retailers continue to invest significant amounts of time, energy and money in upskilling their staff and tonight’s event is further evidence of that.

“I am very pleased to support the training and education needs of retail professionals to help ensure that the industry is properly equipped to face the challenges and opportunities of the future and to safeguard the sector’s critical contribution to employment, investment and prosperity in almost every community in the country.”

Commenting on the retail sector’s commitment to the provision of further education opportunities for its employees, Conor Whelan, MD of Eason and Chairperson of Retail Ireland, said: "Retail Ireland believes that education and training are fundamental to the future success of our industry. In the rapidly evolving world of retail, it is vital to ensure our colleagues are properly skilled to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities of the future. This inaugural graduation marks another important step in highlighting the benefits of a rewarding career in the retail industry. Every day the retail industry proudly serves hundreds of thousands of Irish consumers in communities right across the country.”

Gretta NashCadden, HR Manager at BT2 and Brown Thomas regional stores and Chairperson of the Retail Ireland Skillnet Steering Committee said: "As Ireland's longest established and most successful Skillnets initiative, Retail Ireland Skillnet has worked tirelessly to make this flagship degree programme a reality.

“The graduates from the class of 2015 will join over 12,000 other retail professionals who have benefited from the unique training and upskilling courses offered by Retail Ireland Skillnet. I look forward to building on the success of these graduates as we continue our important work to deliver the future skills needs of Ireland’s largest private employer and most geographically diverse industry – retail.”