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Sunday, 06 May 2018

Wholesale & Retail Chair gets extension

FUNDED: Wholesale & Retail Leadership chair holder, Prof Roger Mason, says the W&R SETA’s multimillion rand grant means the SETA is satisfied with the relationship it has built with CPUT over the years. FUNDED: Wholesale & Retail Leadership chair holder, Prof Roger Mason, says the W&R SETA’s multimillion rand grant means the SETA is satisfied with the relationship it has built with CPUT over the years.

The Wholesale & Retail Leadership Chair (WRLC) will continue to make an impact in the sector following a two-year extension by the Wholesale & Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).

 The chair is housed in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences and the new contract, which will run until 2020, is worth R9.7 million.

“The award has been made to enable the WRLC to continue to contribute to the professionalisation of the retail and wholesale sector through research, teaching and learning, staff and student capacitation, networking and collaboration with local and international universities and retail research centres, and distribution of new retail knowledge through journal articles, conferences and media,” says chairholder Prof Roger Mason.

“Furthermore the WRLC will also assist with the capacitation of a new rural university’s retail operations.”

The WRLC has been funded by the W&RSETA since 2013 when the first contract was awarded. The five years of operation have resulted in 23 research projects being completed, 20 papers published in academic journals, 18 papers presented at academic conferences and 13 papers presented at conferences, while more than 40 articles were published in the retail trade and business media.

A Retail Academy has also been established at CPUT to implement professional management training for the retail sector. A three-year Quality Council for Trades and Occupations qualification and four short courses have been developed and in excess of 250 retail managers have completed, or are in the process of completing these courses.

“The extension of the contract and the award of such a large grant is evidence of the success of the WRLC and the satisfaction that the W&RSETA has with the relationship built up with CPUT over the years,” adds Mason.

“We would, therefore, like to thank the W&RSETA for the trust and faith that they have placed, and continue to place, in CPUT and the WRLC.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za