Educational Initiatives in Retail in Iceland


Professional Retail Study (Verslunarfagnám)

Professional Retail Study was established in beginning of the year 2005 after a thorough need analysis. Behind the programme stood The Federation of Trade and Services and The Ministry appointed Council for Vocational Training in Finance and Commerce and some leading retail companies in Iceland.
The Professional Retail Study is a 1 ½ year internship, divided equally between school and on-the-job training. The target group are clerk and general personnel in retailing, usually with only compulsory education. To attend the student must be employed and been recognized by his or her employer. The employer must nominate a trainer for the student who is responsible for the on-the-job training. The execution of the programme is within the informal education system, usually taught by LLL centres in close cooperation with the organization the student is employed with. So far the programme has been taught at one LLL centres and Verslunarskóli Íslands (The Commercial College of Iceland). Students are required to attend to school two mornings a week and then perform selected tasks at work which the trainer then evaluates.
Tuition fee partly paid by public fund but then the company’s or the students pay the rest. The programme has been accredited by the Ministry of Education.

Internship in Service: Office and Retail study (Starfsnám í þjónustugreinum; skrifstofu- og verslunarbraut)

In mid year 2007 the Icelandic Ministry of Education issued a new curriculum “Internship in Service: Office- and retail study” aimed at upper secondary school. It is a 2 years (four semesters) fulltime study with 10 weeks internship, either in an office or in retailing. The curriculum is part of the national curriculum for upper secondary school within the formal school system and is aimed at youngsters aged 16-20 years. Teaching is daytime and is a full time study. The internship will take place mainly in daytime, but the trainee will have the option to negotiate with the receiving organization, a different time plan according to his or her spare time, holydays etc. and the organization operation hour.
Students have to pay a registration fee to the school, but the teaching is free.
This programme was developed by The Ministry appointed Council for Vocational Training in Finance and Commerce and is fully accredited by the Icelandic Ministry of Education.

Store management (Verslunarstjóranám)

Bifrost University offer a two year internship in Store management. Among subjects are Quality assurance, services and sales, Purchasing and logistics, Microeconomics for retail, Retail trade, Management and team work, Human resources management, Law, Mathematics, and Information technology.
Store Management is taught as distant learning with three to four working weekends were student meet in the school campus attending lectures, and for group work.

The programme was developed at Bifrost University in cooperation with The Federation of Trade and Services and leading retail company’s in Iceland.
The study is intended for store managers and future managers who want to specialise in store management. The goal is to improve skilfulness among people working in retailing. By qualifying the programme, students can then apply for one year study which will give access to the university. Students (or their company’s) pay tuition fee based on number of credit-points the students participates in.

Retail Management (Diplomanám í viðskiptafræðum)

A two year, distant learning programme in business with emphasis on retail management offered by Bifröst University. During the study period, students meet three or four times over a weekend to attending lectures and for group work. The programme was developed at Bifrost University in cooperation with the Centre for Retail Studies, the Federation of Trade and Services and leading retail company’s in Iceland. Tuition-fee is based on number of credits each student enrols in.

BS in Business with emphasis on Retail Management (BS í viðskiptafræði með áherslu á verslun og þjónustu)

Students who have finished two year Retail Management at Bifrost University can continue for two more years and graduate with BS-degree in business studies. The programme was developed at Bifrost University in cooperation with the Centre for Retail Studies, the Federation of Trade and Services and leading retail company’s in Iceland. Tuition-fee is based on number of credits each student enrols in.