£100,000 investment into the future of retail workers
The Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund has donated almost £100,000 to support the retailTRUST fundraising campaign, ‘CaRe 20 – Caring for Retail during COVID-19’.
The Scottish Retail Consortium’s Retail 2020 report found that 23 percent of Scottish stores could be lost over the next decade. However, the British Retail Consortium have seen the creation of 100,000 new roles within the industry that didn’t exist five years ago.
“23 percent of Scottish stores could be lost over the next decade.”
As our sector continues to adapt to the current climate, it becomes clear that the skills needed to succeed in retail are rapidly changing. retailTRUST and the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund aim to use this funding to give retail workers the opportunity to keep their skills up-to-date.
Neil Duffy, Director of Wellbeing and Funding at retailTRUST said: “We are delighted to receive the £99,974 donation and begin working with the Scottish Government Wellbeing Fund. This money will help us to support retail colleagues within our Scottish network who have been affected by the current health crisis.”
We will be using some of the fund to run a free webinar series for Scottish retail workers who are facing redundancy due to COVID-19.
The live programme includes three 45-minute sessions which will take place over one day.
Amy Prendergast, Director of Change, People and Learning at retailTRUST, stated: “Throughout the pandemic we've seen some major changes to the retail landscape. retailTRUST want to give retail workers the opportunity to upskill and prepare for the future. This series of webinars will help to give Scottish colleagues the knowledge and skills to adapt and maintain a positive attitude in the face of uncertainty.”
“This series of webinars will help to give Scottish retail colleagues the knowledge and skills to adapt.”
If you or your colleagues live in Scotland and feel you would benefit from these sessions, please sign up today.