ATLANTIC Village is now reaping the rewards after launching a new training programme. The past two years have seen 87 members of staff successfully complete the retail diploma course within the first year. The training is delivered in conjunction with No

ATLANTIC Village is now reaping the rewards after launching a new training programme.The past two years have seen 87 members of staff successfully complete the retail diploma course within the first year. The training is delivered in conjunction with North Devon College and develops retail skills to a recognised National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 2 or 3. Much is carried out within the workplace to avoid disruption and to enable tutors to observe learners in their working environment.Jane McLeod, centre manager at Atlantic Village has been a central figure in implementing the programme:"It was particularly heartening to see the age ranges of people willing to take vocational training in the work place: from 17 to 62-year-olds!" she said."In some cases this was the first qualification candidates had ever achieved and it gave them a real sense of achievement."The success of the training has resulted in extra funding to move employees onto a Level 4 Management NVQ. Last year the centre enrolled a further 32 candidates, with Atlantic Village and the college intending to continue working together.The retail programmes have proved sustainable and adaptable to reflect specific training needs. North Devon College has now taken the scheme to Clark's Village in Somerset and hopes to achieve similar success.To find out more about retail courses or any other training opportunities, contact the college on (01271) 338225.