Retail workforce training roundtables: Unlocking ready-to-work talent for retail businesses

Jul 27, 2023
Written by WR Communications


Securing qualified, well-trained staff is an increasing challenge for many retail businesses. This 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.

At the roundtables, participants will learn about the benefits of retail-specific job skill certifications, which can help optimize their workforce’s productivity. They’ll 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. They will also be introduced to the NRF Foundation’s RiseUP program, presented by the program’s 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 10:00PM to 11:30AM for Skagit County and nearby regions.

Southcenter Mall, 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle, WA 98188 from 2:00PM to 3:30PM for King and Snohomish counties and nearby regions.

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 in on August 8th, uncover the key to hiring qualified staff, and enhance your business’s growth and development.


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