Local Initiative Featured at Retail Summit in Dallas
On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, Linda Woloshansky, President & CEO of the Center of Workforce Innovations and staff to the Northwest Indiana Workforce Board (NWIWB), presented at the
I Am Retail Summit
in Dallas, Texas.
The summit was hosted by the ACT Foundation in order to share knowledge on the importance of connecting the right workers to the right jobs within the retail sector and the work of the National Retail Services Initiative--a capacity building systemic initiative focused on developing a skill mapping platform called SEEK, related tools and a sector wide competency model.
Woloshansky’s session entitled,
Implementing the National Retail Services Competency Model through State-Wide Work and Learn Policy in Indiana,
shared best practices, provided overview of the NWIWB's Rise to Retail initiative, and offered approaches on incorporating work and learn models in any industry. The NWIWB received funding from the Chicago Cook Partnership through a national Walmart Foundation grant to create awareness of retail careers and provide training recognized through the National Retail Federation and the National Loss Prevention Foundation. Woloshansky also highlighted the opening of the Retail Training Lab at Southlake Mall where the training takes place for individuals who currently work in the retail industry or those looking to move into a retail career.