first_img Comments are closed. An ongoing training programme at a Welsh sports retailer is helping thecompany through a major expansion programme by ensuring staff turnover is keptto a minimum. Gilesports, the Merthyr Tydfil-based sports chain, has managed to retain themajority of its home-grown talent – essential to store openings planned for thenext few years. A series of NVQ-based courses have proved popular, with more than 180 staffapplying for them, up from just 50 two years ago. Gilesports, which operates 83 shops with around 900 staff, starteddeveloping the training strategy in 2001 and now operates a tailored coursethat leads to recognised NVQ qualifications. Linda Lavender, HR manager at the firm, said the training was attractive tostaff because it enabled them to gain qualifications while in the workplace. “The programme has raised training’s profile and more people areactually asking for training. This is highly motivational and people canunderstand the contribution they can make and the progression available tothem,” she said. “What staff get is training that’s specific to what Gilesports needs,not what a generic NVQ course says they should have.” Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Sports retailer nets training resultOn 4 Mar 2003 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more