Retail Workforce Training Roundtables: a discussion on unlocking ready-to-work talent

Aug 3, 2023
Written by WR Communications

Securing qualified, well-trained staff is an increasing challenge for many retail businesses, which is where the Retail Workforce Training Roundtables can make a difference. These sessions, coming on August 8, offer retail businesses an invaluable opportunity to tap into resources and networks that can help them locate and train ready-to-work talent.

Roundtable event participants will learn about the benefits of retail-specific job skill certifications, which can help optimize their workforce’s productivity. They will also have the opportunity to connect with workforce organizations offering subsidies for worker training, easing the financial burden of upskilling staff.

In addition, participants will gain insights into attracting and hiring qualified workers, a critical component of any successful retail operation. Participants will also be introduced to the NRF Foundation’s RiseUP program by its Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Viera. RiseUP can be a strategic ally in attracting quality employees.

The roundtables will take place at two locations:

Burlington Council Chamber, 833 S. Spruce Street, Burlington, WA 98233, from 10:00 PM to 11:30 AM, or,

Southcenter Mall, 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA 98188, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

To attend, participants should RSVP to Kathie Davies at [email protected], specifying their preferred location. The event welcomes various partners, including Workforce Development Council, chambers in King, Skagit, and Snohomish counties, local Mall Operators, and retailers.

The roundtables are part of WR’s Retail Workforce Initiative, operating under the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) principles. The initiative aims to grow partnerships, promote training and employment for entry-level and second-chance workers, and highlight diverse career opportunities within the retail sector. Join us on August 8 to uncover the key to hiring qualified staff and enhance your business’s growth and development.


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