BWG Foods has announced that it is preparing to move its employee professional development initiative, BWG Academy, to an online training and education resource.
The BWG Academy, which was officially launched in 2019 just before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, was designed to offer a wide range of self-development and support programs to the more than 23,000 employees of the retail through Spar, Eurospar, Londi, Mace and XL store networks.
Weeks after the official launch, Ireland quickly slipped into anti-virus restrictions and, as it became increasingly clear that the uncertainty surrounding the longevity of social distancing measures and even tighter restrictions were likely, the need to transform BWG Foods’ educational program was embraced, the retail group said.
Working with Retail Ireland Skillnet, BWG Foods said they had developed a solution and the training quickly pivoted to a sophisticated e-learning platform, which facilitates distance self-development programs.
From March 2020 to date, 1,272 BWG retailers and their staff have received industry-recognized qualifications from a series of courses and workshops hosted by the BWG Academy, he added.
“Our retailers take their role as providers of an essential service to their communities very seriously and have continued to develop themselves throughout the COVID-19 pandemic by adopting our online program,” said Peter Donohoe, Director of human resources, BWG.
“One of the advantages throughout this time is that they can complete their training at their own pace and on their own schedules, which are busier than ever due to the operating environment,” he said. he adds.
According to the group, the BWG Academy will continue to hold online courses and workshops until the restrictions allow a return to a more recognizable blend of online and in-person learning in the dedicated training and training center. of the Academy, based in Dublin. education center.
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