Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Retail's the Go for Mackay

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Retail's the Go for Mackay

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Byline: Melissa Woods

Get qualified

Certificate II in Retail is an external course through the CQ Institute of TAFE Mackay and is open to people of all ages.

The course generally takes six to 12 months and consists of both online theory and practical units.

For more information, please contact Barbara Spagnolo at CQ TAFE on 49403327.

THERE'S plenty of opportunities in the retail industry and it seems Mackay students are snapping them up.

Enrolments in Central Queensland Institute of TAFE's Certificate II in Retail has jumped from less than 10 last year to more than 100 this year.

St Patrick's College has eight students undertaking the qualifications and Vocational Education and Training (VET) co-ordinator Will Cassells said the program was proving popular.

C[pounds sterling]I think once this year's gone by we will see even more students seeing the value of this qualification,C[yen] Mr Cassells said.

Year 12 student Kaijah Jenkins and Year 11 student Rebekah Wilhelmi will use their part-time work to sign off on the practical component of the certificate.

C[pounds sterling]I'm working at Target on the floor, in customer service and the checkouts and I think the qualifications will give me a better resume for the future,C[yen] Rebekah said.

Central Queensland Institute of TAFE's retail co-ordinator Barbara Spagnolo said the program was so popular that an extra TAFE teacher had to be employed.

C[pounds sterling]With all the new retail developments happening in Mackay, people are realising that there will be a really big demand for retail workers across the region,C[yen] she said.

C[pounds sterling]It really shows the region is starting to recognise that there are real benefits to getting qualified in the industry and there are lots of long-term career opportunities. …

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