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Professional development academy launched in Ireland

November 13, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: People, Responsible retailing

BWG Group, owners and operators of the SPAR Brand in Ireland, has launched the BWG Academy, a pioneering employee training and development centre located in Dublin.

The Academy is designed to provide a wide range of self-development and support programmes for store employees, helping them develop new skills that will support rewarding, long-term careers in the retail sector.

The development centre features a state-of-the-art practical training facility, which includes high-spec kitchen, food preparation and food display fittings, as well as study rooms. Training ranges from practical food management to specific retail management. The academy also makes use of a sophisticated e-learning platform to facilitate remote-based self-development programmes, facilitated by  SPAR International utilising global best practice.

Thanks to the BWG Academy, SPAR retail employees will gain access to accredited ‘Earn and Learn’ programmes such as the Retail Supervision Apprenticeship by Retail Ireland Skillnet. Through these partnerships, BWG Group will support retailers and their employees on the journey to gaining recognised qualifications, all the way to Degree and Masters level.

In addition, retailers across the country will gain access to tailored resources that will enable them to engage meaningfully with their employees around matters relating to safety in the workplace, health and fitness, positive lifestyle management, and stress management.

Source: SPAR Ireland

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About SPAR Ireland

SPAR Ireland was established in 1963 and is operated by leading wholesale and retail company, BWG Foods. In 2014, 80% of BWG’s shares were sold to SPAR South Africa, however, the existing shareholders remain involved in the business.

With a presence in every county across the Republic of Ireland, SPAR is one of the country’s largest convenience retail groups. In developing the business, SPAR Ireland has a long track record of recognising the strategic importance of introducing new retail concepts. It operates three of the four SPAR formats: SPAR, EUROSPAR and SPAR Express, bringing consumers a comprehensive range of innovative products and instore offerings.