NORTH Devon College is in the forefront of a national scheme designed to revive the flagging retail sector. Devon retail Skills at the college has been named as a founder member of the National Skills Academy for Retail - a Government-backed network of tr

NORTH Devon College is in the forefront of a national scheme designed to revive the flagging retail sector.Devon retail Skills at the college has been named as a founder member of the National Skills Academy for Retail - a Government-backed network of training centres designed to increase productivity.It has been hailed as a key way to help retailers develop the potential of their staff, thus improving their performance in advance of the economic upturn.North Devon College already provides advice, guidance and retail training courses. As part of the national network of "skills shops" it will extend it services to offer the Diploma in Retail Business, pre-employment training, apprenticeships, retail customer service programmes and retail work experience opportunities.Dawn Mullen, of North Devon College, said: "Our membership of the NSA will help us to create effective partnerships with other skills shops across the country."This will give national retail chains the guarantee of national standards within regional delivery. This will increase our business opportunity in the South West and allow the sharing of best practice between skills shops."Jane Rexworthy, head of the National Skills Academy for Retail, said: "Devon Retail Skills will act as a resource for everyone from local people hoping to begin their career or get back into work to retailers looking for the best way to train their existing workforce."To find out more about Devon Retail Skills, go to www.nsaforretail.com