Roscommon Mart staff member Anthony Naughton was among the first graduates to have emerged from an intensive new Mart Management Development Programme designed to enhance management and organisational practices in co-operative marts.
Launched at the end of 2018, the programme is aimed at ensuring the continuing availability of skills for the successful operation of marts into the future, including management succession planning. It is being delivered by Technological University Dublin at its Tallaght campus and also in Portlaoise in conjunction with ICOS Skillnet – the learning and development division of ICOS (Irish Co-operative Organisation Society).
The new programme requires participants to engage in an intensive five-day immersion programme of lectures, case studies and workshops across 12 modules ranging from co-operative governance, finance and environmental subjects through to employment legislation, customer relationship management, data protection, media awareness and marketing.
Managers and next-in-line staff from nine co-operative mart groups took part in the inaugural course including Aurivo Marts, Athenry Mart, Central Auctions, Clare Marts, Cork Marts, Mid-Tipp Mart, Roscommon Marts, Waterford Ross Mart and Wexford Farmers Co-op Mart. The programme was developed by a working group established from within the marts sector and TU Dublin won a competitive tender to provide the course.