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Dynamic young retail trainer – Retail Relate - together with W&R SETA - turns the tide on unemployment and skills shortages among rural youth

Johannesburg, March 8, 2012 – Skills shortages in the wholesale and retail sector as well as unemployment amongst underprivileged youths are being addressed by Retail Relate and its partner stores.

Retail Relate is a South African institution that provides SETA-accredited training relevant to the retail sector. Essential Hardware, Pep, TFG, Midas among other retail groups have partnered with Retail Relate on two of its projects – last year’s Unemployed Youth Assistance Project and this year’s Rural Youth Project – providing internship opportunities for those undergoing training by Retail Relate.

The wholesale and retail sector currently employs almost 20 percent of South Africa’s workforce – almost three million people. Yet, imbalances in the demand and supply of labour, as well as serious skills shortages, paint a potentially bleak picture for the future of this sector.

“The retail sector needs an estimated 42 000 managers alone to meet growth demands.  Our role is to devise strategies to turn this scenario around by providing relevant training to this sector,” Blochlinger said.  A retail industry veteran of 38 years, Blochlinger brings valuable insights into what is needed resource wise to ensure sustainable growth of this sector.

A recent analysis by the Wholesale and Retail SETA found that less than six percent of those employed within this sector hold a tertiary qualification and even more worryingly, almost 53 percent do not even have a matric certificate. 


Created: 13 March 2012  [Retail | Youth | Training]