The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has commended the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative, which matches $160m of federal jobs training funding to reskill more than 100,000 workers across NSW.
ARA CEO Paul Zahra said, “It’s imperative state governments work closely with the federal government to Covid-proof our economy. Retraining is a core tenet to this approach.”
Given the retail sector is the largest private employer in the country, Mr Zahra said he is keen to see specific measures focused on retraining workers in the retail space.
“Retailers have been operating in challenging conditions for many years. An acceleration of structural change has occurred which requires investment to return the Australian retail sector to health. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for retailers to upskill their employees and adapt to new ways of doing business. This crisis is a chance for retail to rebuild and adapt to the post-Covid-19 economy which will ultimately translate into significant job opportunities and economic growth.”
“We thank the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet & Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee for taking a proactive approach in mitigating the impacts to the workforce caused by Covid-19. We hope to see other states take similar steps when it comes to the funding of reskilling programs,” said Mr Zahra.
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About us: founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association is Australia’s largest retail association, representing a $325bn sector employing more than 1.3m people. As Australia’s premier retail body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members. To learn more, visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.