November 2017, Part I




November 2017, Part I

Retailers Expand Efforts To Prepare Americans For Entry-Level Jobs. Last week, Eric Morath of the Wall Street Journal discussed how retailers are employing workers they may have passed on before, and expanding efforts to train unemployed Americans for entry-level jobs. 25-year old Charles Shaw, who was unemployed for a year after bouncing between seasonal jobs, says the National Retail Federation (NRF) Foundation’s retail-fundamentals program prepared him for a recent NRF job fair. At the fair, BJ’s Wholesale Club offered Shaw a year-round position. “Having that stability makes me happier than you can realize,” he said.

Restaurants Serve Up Opportunity With Apprenticeships. National Restaurant Association (NRA) President and CEO Dawn Sweeney penned a recent Washingtonian piece on the Hospitality Sector Registered Apprenticeship (HSRA), a joint effort with the American Hotel and Lodging Association. This year, HSRA will place nearly 500 apprentices in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industries. “The apprenticeship program is a prime example of how government and the business community can work together to create a stronger American workforce…That’s how we ensure our children and grandchildren are prepared for the job markets of the future,” said Sweeney.

Why The Growth Of E-Commerce Could Mean More Jobs. On October 29, Chris Rugaber of the Associated Press examined how the false “retail apocalypse” narrative has missed a key trend: e-commerce actually creates more jobs by employing people to do what we used to do ourselves. Rugaber offers several examples, including Walmart’s recent expansion of online grocery pickup service to 2,000 stores. The feature requires more workers than before, and even designates a new job classification of “personal shopper” to pick and package orders, something that customers previously did on their own.   

From Running Dishes To Running Restaurants. In a recent op-ed for, Birmingham chef Jorge Castro reflected on his journey from entry-level job to restaurant ownership. In just 15 years, Castro went from running dishes, to opening a restaurant with his four brothers, to owning and operating multiple restaurants in Birmingham. Today, Castro praises the service industry for providing him with a pathway to success and a strong connection to the local community saying, “We are connected and humbled by the fact that these restaurants give so much to us, enhancing our skills, our relationships and our careers.”

Why Everyone Should Work In The Retail Industry At Least Once. On November 1, Baylor Lariat reporter Madison Fraser discussed why she believes that everyone should experience work in the retail industry at some point in life. A soon-to-be college graduate, Fraser is confident that her five years of retail employment can add value to any workplace. “…the life I’ve lived in retail and service has provided me endless opportunities to further my journalism career because of the stories I am able to share and the relationships I am able to form. With any career, retail experience can absolutely help you further succeed,” she said.

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