Linking job seekers with businesses which will employ 1000 people at the new Emporium Melbourne shopping centre was the focus of a major jobs forum held by the Australian Government today.
Assistant Minister for Employment Luke Hartsuyker said Emporium Melbourne, which is scheduled to open its doors in Lonsdale Street next month, represented a terrific opportunity for both shop owners and potential staff.
“This development in Melbourne’s CBD will have more than 200 stores, so there is going to be a very wide range of retail jobs in the offing,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The important thing now is for retailers to get together with Job Services Australia (JSA) providers to discuss exactly what sort of positions need to be filled and what sort of people are currently available.
“Emporium Melbourne promises to be an exciting addition to the Victorian retail sector.
“And—most important from my perspective—it’s poised to become a major employer.
“Obviously, one of the keys to the success of a quality development like Emporium Melbourne will be the quality of the people who work there.
“A shopping complex of this standard needs staff with energy, initiative and—above all—a strong service ethos.
“And that is why I organised today’s forum to help retailers find exactly that calibre of person.”
Minister Hartsuyker said he was pleased recently released figures showed that national retail turnover increased by 1.2 per cent in the month of January 2014, and by 6.2 per cent in the year from January 2013.
He hoped that momentum would continue, in line with a forecast that retail will generate the second-largest level of employment growth of all Australian industries in the five years to November 2017.
“Retail is the largest employing industry of people aged 15-19 and 20-24, and it provides many young people with their very first wage,” Mr Hartsuyker said
“The sector is also a big employer of women and part-time workers.”
Today’s job forum was attended by the developers of Emporium Melbourne, The Australian Retailers Association, JSA providers and representatives of peak retail groups.