ARA makes skills submission
The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has made a submission to the Federal Government, ARA Federal Budget & Election skills submission 2013, to address skills shortages it has identified in the Australian retail sector.
ARA executive director, Russell Zimmerman, said the submission was crucial for the ARA to have input into the needs of the retail industry relating to future skills and training needs for a $243 billion sector responsible for 1.2 million jobs.
“As a result of broad ranging industry engagement, the ARA has identified a series of skills shortages and needs in the retail services sector, from basic needs to those required at a management level,” Zimmerman said.
“The ARA has proposed a series of areas any future government will need to address if they wish retail to grow and meet the growing international competition they now face.”
In its submission, the ARA outlined key points it would like a commitment to:
Employment/skills shortage: Review of the funding model for the delivery of retail management level qualifications and adequate funding for delivery of higher level training
Traineeships: Maintain funding for apprenticeship / traineeship support including services, mentoring, and advisory and focus on the work integrated learning approach.
Careers: A highly skilled workforce will mean a productive economy and continuous lifelong learning is crucial for ongoing improvements in productivity and participation.
Harmonisation of federal and state VET funding: Review the funding model for training delivery across all states and territories and develop a harmonised model.
The reinstatement of Certificate II incentives: this will ensure the training is delivered at the level required by the retail industry.
“The ARA is calling on the Government and alternative governments to recognise the existence of skills shortages, a lack of opportunities to up-skill, and struggle to find the right skill sets for traineeships and management positions; as well as acknowledge the solution, which is to focus resources on retail skills,” said Zimmerman.
“The ARA is looking forward to working with government at all levels on the need for retail skills reform in order to remain globally competitive and achieve industry growth.”
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