Learning and Development
The ARA’s Learning and Development Advisory Committee (combined NSW and Victoria) provides the retail industry with leadership specific to learning and development practices.
The L&D Committee consists of HR and L&D professionals and provides leadership 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 new current short courses, and large-scale programs such as the National Careers Institute
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
National Careers Institute: Purpose | Stakeholders | Audience | Application
Infection Control Skillsets – development and delivery of training for COVID-Safety Plans
Online Retail Courses
Workwell Learning Networks update
SDA-Nobody Deserves a Serve/Respect & Resilience (campaign & training)
Retail Ready Jobs Program
Victorian WorkSafe Learning Network
Director ARA Institute
Transition in progress
For more information, please contact the secretariat for this committee:
Rosemary Jacob email@example.com
Participating Retailers include:
Harris Farm Market, Fantastic Holdings, Leading Edge Group, Country Road Group, 7-Eleven, Godfreys, Retail Prodigy Group, Glue Store, Pandora and many more