Wednesday, April 24, 2024

ARA connects young Aussies to retail jobs

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has partnered with the Australian government’s Department of Education, Skills and Employment to train young jobseekers and connect them to jobs with some of the biggest employers in the retail industry. 

According to the ARA, the Retail Ready Youth PaTH-Way Program will help 200 young people aged between 15 and 24 to gain skills and jobs in the retail sector.

Following the successful launch of pilot cohorts in January, the program commenced from 1 February and will run through to 30 June across targeted regions in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania. It’s funded by the Australian government and will be supported by retail experienced trainers and mentors from the Retail Institute (the ARA’s registered training organisation).

On completion of the training, the candidates will be connected to jobs with the ARA employer partners

ARA CEO Paul Zahra says the program will support more young people on their retail career paths and assist with ongoing staff shortages in the industry.

“Retail employs more young people than most other industries – it’s where many of us start off our careers, providing Australians with their first employment experience,” he says.

“The ARA is committed to providing better job outcomes for young Australians and is proud to be delivering this program which will set people up for a bright and rewarding career in retail.

“There’s around 36,000 job vacancies across the retail industry and many businesses continue to face challenges with staff shortages due to Covid-related issues. It’s important we strengthen skills and training opportunities for people starting off their careers, and that’s exactly what the ARA’s Retail Ready Youth PaTH-Way Program will deliver.

“We thank the Australian government for their support of this program and look forward to seeing the successful outcomes for both jobseekers and employers.”

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