Employment and Skills
The Committee consists of HR and L&D professionals and provides leadership insights on issues relating to learning, future workforce needs, skill benchmarks and trends.
It has a history of achievement that gives effect to the Retail Institute and its depth of expertise in retail.
The Committee supports the development of Retail As a Career through strategic initiatives which focus on the three key aspects of: attract, develop and retain.
- Eligibility: Senior L&D/HR/People & Culture representatives nominated by premium ARA members.
Diploma of Retail Merchandise Management
(Buying and Merchandise Planning)
- Directly stemming from committee consultation
- Course design and accreditation
- Over 100 learners represented by over 30 different retail brands have commenced the Diploma
- New enrolments were received in May and June 2020
- Secured National and State funding which has helped run specific indigenous, migrant and refugee programs
Advocacy for Retail Skills
- Advocated for appropriate duration and effectiveness of training to better meet the needs of the retail sector through submissions and lobbying
Key Recent Issues
- Retail Careers Advocacy
- Digital Skills Training (accredited & non-accredited)
- Retail Supply Chain Training (accredited & non-accredited)
- University Pathways – Retail specific Graduate Certificate
- Manage Customer Aggression & Infection Control Skillsets
- Workwell Learning Networks update
- SDA-Nobody Deserves a Serve/Respect & Resilience (campaign & training)
- Jobseeker Programs
- Retail Ready Jobs Program
- Victorian WorkSafe Learning Network
Participating Retailers include:
API, Chemist Warehouse, Super Retail Group, Mecca, Myer, Fantastic Holdings, 7-Eleven, Retail Prodigy Group, TEEG, McDonalds, Heinemann, Brand Collective, JB-Hi-Fi and many more.
Head of Learning and Development, Fantastic Furniture
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To mark RUOK? Day on Thursday, 8th of September the ARA Small Biz webinar series will look at the impact that two years of upheaval has had on mental health