Benefits for retail from Victorian jobs and skills funding

23 OCTOBER, 2015: The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has congratulated the Andrews Labor Government on the announcement of significant extra funding for state-wide jobs and skills.

The funding package will benefit the retail industry through the provision and incentive of greater training and jobs, and aims to halt the falling training levels that have been witnessed in training across the board.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, said the announcement will have far reaching benefits for many, and lead to a more robust and skilled workforce for retail and beyond.

“This additional funding is a significant shot in the arm for training and employment in Victoria, and has the ability to provide greater opportunities for both jobseekers and retail employers looking to hire new staff,” said Mr Zimmerman.

“Retailers will now have increased incentive to take on new workers, while existing staff will enjoy broader eligibility for a range of training and subsidies.

“The ARA is very keen to continue our work with the Andrews’ Government on training and employment initiatives, and we look forward to continuing to work alongside the Treasurer, Tim Pallas, and Minister for Training and Skills, Steve Herbert,” he said.

The ARA provides both accredited and non-accredited training to the Australian Retail industry via its training arm, Retail Institute, as well as a host of jobseeker programs.

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For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, call the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556 or email media@retail.org.au.

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