The NRF Foundation, the educational arm of the National Retail Federation, recently announced that it is offering its introductory RISE Up course for free to train more people with the foundational skills needed to secure jobs in retail and beyond.
While many retailers have been forced to make cuts to their workforce due to temporary or permanent closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, other retail companies are hiring thousands of workers to meet increased consumer demand. On its site, NRF provides links to available jobs.
“As the nation responds to the coronavirus, many retailers are currently hiring for 1 million open positions due to increased consumer demand, and people who earn a RISE Up credential will be better prepared to serve in these roles,” NRF Foundation Vice President Adam Lukoskie said.
The course, Retail Industry Fundamentals, is self-paced and can be completed online in approximately five to seven hours. It is available at no charge through June 12.
The course covers basic customer service and math skills, along with best practices for interviewing for jobs.
Organizations that want to offer the training to their employees, clients and students can learn more here.
More than 800 training partners nationwide offer RISE Up training and credentials. To support social distancing through online learning, the NRF Foundation is now offering the online curriculum to partners who were originally delivering the training in person.
Visit NRF.com for updated information about COVID-19 and resources for retailers.