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Open College Network NI (OCN NI) Traineeship in Retail


Course Overview

The new Traineeship will available to all school leavers and adults providing participants with the skills and qualifications necessary to secure employment in the retail sector. The Traineeship has been developed with employers to ensure that what you learn and the skills you develop are what employers are looking for. The new Traineeship programme will allow participants to achieve a full Level 2 qualification and will comprise the following key elements:· The main retail qualification, equivalent to at least 3 GCSEs · Vocational skills development· Transversal and digital skills· Work placement· Literacy and numeracy qualifications at Level 2 · Additional qualifications necessary for work within retail e.g. Health and Safety and manual handling.As well as providing you with the technical skills and knowledge in retail, the Traineeship will help you to develop a range of transversal skills that are important for employment including:• Problem solving• Teamwork• Communication• Time management• EntrepreneurshipProject Based Learning will also be a key feature of your Traineeship. This is a dynamic approach to learning in which you will explore real-world problems and challenges that have been developed with employers.
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    34 Weeks
  • Campus
    Strand Road
  • Course Code

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: Open College Network NI (OCN NI) Level 2 Traineeship in Retail
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 06/09/2021
  • Course: Open College Network NI (OCN NI) Level 2 Traineeship in Retail
    Campus: Strabane
    Type: Full Time
    Start Date: 06/09/2021

Course Offering

  • Site location Strabane Strand Road
  • Dates
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Course Modules

  • Health & Safety in Retail Premises
  • Customer Service in the Retail Sector
  • Individuals and Teamwork in a Retail Business
  • The Retail Selling Process
  • Options May Include:
  • Understanding the Control, Receipt and Storage of Stock in a Retail Business
  • Understand the Handling of Customer Payments in a Retail Business
  • Understanding Environmental Sustainability in the Retail Sector
  • Understanding Visual Merchandising for Retail
  • Understanding Security and Loss Prevention in a Retail Business
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of a Level 1 qualification, defined as 4 GCSEs at grades D-G including Maths and English grades E, or equivalent.

ROI Requirements

Applicants will be required to hold a minimum of a UK Level 1 qualification 4 OLCs (Grade 06 or above) or above to include English and Maths at 06 or above

Work Placement

Trainees will carry out work placement in a retail environment.

What's Next?

Further Study

This course will provide a solid foundation to help students progress to better employment or further learning opportunities.

Career Prospects

The Traineeship will allow participants to progress to an apprenticeship at Level 3 or alternatively to Further Education at Level 3.


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