RGDATA has launched a new initiative for all shops licensed to sell alcohol to inform owners and staff about their obligations under the RRAI Voluntary code of Practice, and responsible serving practices.
The RRA Training Programme is an interactive, online program for staff working in shops, supermarkets, convenience stores and forecourt stores where alcohol is sold.
Programme developer, Alcohol.ie, has offered training in responsible serving practices to the Irish Alcohol Industry since 1999, with the support of both the Department of Health and Failte Ireland.
RRA Online is approved by medical and legal experts, and consists of a 90-minute online course featuring an interactive learning component, examination and certification.
Speaking at the launch, Mary Kennedy, owner of Alcohol.ie and developer of the RRA Programme commented that the initiative is designed to “support the real needs of the industry, instilling confidence to make decisions and act decisively when the need arises.”
“Customer safety, protection of minors and moderate consumption of alcohol are key elements of responsible retailing and its importance to our country’s health welfare is crucial,” she added.
Also speaking at the launch in Dublin, TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor said “I am delighted to support this initiative by RGDATA for their members. When shop owners and staff complete the training, it will ensure that staff in shops are confident in the sale of alcohol and their obligations under the RRAI Voluntary Code of Practice”.
Tara Buckley, Director General RGDATA also welcomed the new online programme, stating, “We are delighted to bring this online training initiative to our members to ensure all staff are trained to the highest level in the sale of alcohol.”
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