63 Jacks of Fiji employees complete Retail Development Programme
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Jack’s of Fiji employees after receiving Certificate of Competence in Retail Development in an award ceremony held at the USP Japan ICT Centre on the 30 September 2019.
Seated in the middle (L-R) Jack’s of Fiji CEO, Mr. Bhavin Khatri, Jack’s of Fiji Group of Companies Chairman, Mr. Dilip Khatri, USP DVCE Professor Richard Coll and USP, Pacific TAFE CEO Dr. Hasmukh Lal.
Sixty three (63) Jack’s of Fiji employees were awarded certificates after completing Certificate of Competence in Retail Development programme from The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE).
This programme was conducted by Workforce Development and Training Unit (WDTU) at the USP Japan ICT Centre on 30 September 2019.
While addressing the certificate recipients, USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Richard Coll said the award ceremony was another testament of Pacific TAFE’s belief that it was essential to collaborate with its industry stakeholders to ensure that its programmes and qualifications meet the industry requirements and of international quality.
“Training at USP Pacific TAFE is driven by industry input and industry needs and as such it needs to be grounded in real life experience. As a result, we are continuously engaged with our industry partners to deliver content that is suitable to skill, reskill and upskill the workforce with industry relevant programmes and courses,” Professor Coll said.
“WDTU, which is an industry-facing team within the Pacific TAFE division of The University of the South Pacific, exists to support the talent and organisational development needs of our region's industries through needs-based evaluations and flexible solutions. It helps organisations and their staff grow competencies, improve performance, and build leadership capabilities through a range of programmes and courses.”
Further, Jack’s of Fiji The Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bhavin Khatri while congratulating his staff highlighted the importance of the programme for the retail industry.
“The retail industry in Fiji for a long time has not had any structured formal training and further education,” Mr. Bhavin said. “This certificate programme is a stepping stone to boost the knowledge and competence of the people associated with the industry. A lot of our team members have worked their way up the ladder over time, working and learning by experience, the tools you have now acquired from this training will help us progress in our roles and functions further.”
Meanwhile, Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Hasmukh Lal said, “the Certificate of Competence in Retail Development was first developed and introduced in 2018. This programme provides the skills necessary to become an expert in key aspects of retail business and has been specially built on core competency requirements of a retail associate. I would also like to express my appreciation to Jack’s of Fiji and our team at WDTU, for successfully collaborating and delivering the programme. The achievement of any business objective is dependent upon the knowledge, skills and experiences of the workforce. Consequently, it is encouraging to see such a significant investment in training its employees by an entity which has been around for over fifty (50) years.”
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