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INTERSPAR Austria introduces apprenticeship options to 2,500 students

March 2, 2020 IN THE CATEGORY: People, Responsible retailing

In Austria, more than 2,500 students have been introduced to the various training and career options during this year’s INTERSPAR apprenticeship events. With over 44,700 employees, SPAR Austria is the nation’s largest private employer, and with 2,300 trainees and 21 apprenticeships, it is also the largest private training company in the country. After completing their apprenticeship, young SPAR and INTERSPAR team members are offered a great start to their career in a crisis-proof company.

At INTERSPAR, 300 young people are currently following one of seven training programmes in the areas of retail (food, delicatessen, non-food), bakery (including confectionery) and gastronomy (cooking and catering). After completing their training, new INTERSPAR employees have countless opportunities for a successful career, evidenced by the many current regional managers who started their careers as INTERSPAR trainees.

Once a year since 2013, students can take a look behind the scenes at Austria’s INTERSPAR Hypermarkets. In January and February, INTERSPAR stores throughout Austria opened their doors to young people interested in training opportunities. Current trainees took those interested on a tour through their professional world and explained INTERSPAR’s training process. Various virtual tools provided insights on INTERSPAR, and students were invited to engage actively by tasting exotic fruits, working at the cash register, or baking bread with the support of INTERSPAR bakery staff.

“We are always looking for communicative and enthusiastic young people who would like to shape the future of INTERSPAR with us and who want to give our customers a great shopping experience. The INTERSPAR apprenticeship events are an innovative way to address young people”, said Markus Kaser, Managing Director at INTERSPAR Austria.

He continued: “It is important to us that students get a realistic idea of the training, and nobody can do this better than our trainees themselves. In addition, the barriers between peers are lower. This encourages young people to ask questions that are relevant to their career choice. And for our trainees, it is good practice for dealing with customers.”

Those interested in following the INTERSPAR Austria training programme and joining the SPAR family can apply online on www.interspar.at/lehre

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed SPAR in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.