Previous Article Next Article Retailers lead initiative to fill job vacanciesOn 24 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Anemployer-led initiative has been launched to combat the skills shortages in theretail sector.Retailersare teaming up with the Government to help 50,000 long-term unemployed and loneparents into jobs over the next three years.TheAmbition Retail programme will offer New Dealers training in customer service,IT, sales and marketing. JohnFrancis, employee relations director of Dixons, one of the major retailersbacking the scheme, said, “The next step will be to appoint a steeringcommittee made up of senior industry figures. This level of representationspeaks volumes about how seriously this initiative is being taken.”Theinitiative has the full backing of the Government. Secretary of State forEmployment David Blunkett said, “Retailers employ 11 per cent of allworkers, but account for 15 per cent of vacancies. “Wesee this as a major opportunity to work with retail businesses to help themsolve their recruitment and skills problems.” Related posts:No related photos.