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Try before you hire

July 22, 2016

It’s the time of year when many businesses start their Christmas casual recruitment and the National Retail Association (NRA) would like to offer you a way to “ try” potential employees before you hire them. There is no cost to you and minimal paperwork to complete. There may even be financial incentives for you, if you hire one of our students, subject to eligibility criteria.

Work experience is a great recruitment tool and can result in real, tangible value to employers. Trialling a potential employee through work experience can lead to reduced recruitment costs. There is reduced time in screening applications and time spent away from completing tasks that grow your business due to the time you need to spend on recruitment. Work experience can lead to a faster turnaround of employment rather than waiting for the recruitment process and lower productivity loss from not having the right employee. Importantly, it can also reduce the risk of hiring the wrong person.

We currently have a group of students completing a Certificate II in Retail Services at Chermside. Their training takes place over 4 weeks and covers basic retail skills such as communication and customer service, workplace health and safety and security along with other retail operational skills. As part of the program, the students are required to complete 40 -45 hours work placement over 2 – 3 weeks. There is no charge to the host employer and the student is fully covered by our public liability and work cover insurance. Our students are enthusiastic and ready to work, and would love the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learnt in the training room.

The Chermside group would be ready to start Work Placement after 8th August.

Other areas where the NRA has Certificate II programs running are Atherton, East Brisbane and Gympie.

Please contact Debbie Dillon, our Work Placement Officer, via email for more information and to arrange to meet our students.

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