SPAR Austria surveys apprentices to support courses offered

January 16, 2024 IN THE CATEGORY: People

A secure job, combining work and leisure without compromise, a flat hierarchy and a working environment supporting personal development. Those topics are what young people want from an employer, and are just some of the results of the large-scale work initiated by SPAR Austria's internal study of apprentices. As Austria's largest private apprentice trainer, the company currently has over 2,500 apprentices working in Austria. There are 900 vacant apprenticeships open, offering tailor-made learning and development opportunities in different areas of the organisation.

Apprentice survey

Randomly selected SPAR apprentices from across Austria were surveyed on topics such as future prospects, SPAR as an employer, and the quality of training. The aim of the survey was to better understand the requirements of apprentices and to be able to offer tailor-made training courses in an even more targeted manner.

“SPAR Austria is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year – and people have been training in the company for just as long. Excellent teaching by the most experienced trainers has always been a major concern for SPAR Austria. However, due to demographic developments, there are fewer and fewer young people and it is difficult to fill all the existing apprenticeship positions. In order to attract the most motivated people, employers have to be creative. And what speaks in favour of SPAR Austria as an employer is, in addition to outstanding social benefits, the family working atmosphere and the many opportunities that open up in a trading group that is successful beyond Austria’s borders, says SPAR Austria CEO Hans K. Reisch.

Rewards and benefits 

The social benefits that all SPAR Austria employees have include: a loyalty bonus for employees, discounts on insurance, or immediate discounts at the sports apparel company. Apprentices can earn bonuses worth over 6,700 euros during their apprenticeship – these are some of the highest apprentice bonuses in the Austrian food retail sector. SPAR Austria pays above the statutory apprentice income and apprentices receive a guarantee of full-time employment including an increased starting salary after successfully completing their apprenticeship.

Development potential 

“I am grateful to be able to keep our family business on the road to success with the best employees. This makes it all the more special as an apprentice to get to know the company really well and to develop as an individual after the apprenticeship. There is plenty of professional and personal development potential at SPAR Austria, both at home and abroad. Numerous SPARians have held various positions within the group during their careers which is encouraged, ” says SPAR Austria CEO Hans K. Reisch.

24 apprenticeships

There are a total of 24 different apprenticeships to choose from. Excellent training awaits the apprentices in the market, at seminars and in the SPAR Academy in Vienna or in the SPAR Academy classes in the federal states.

In addition to the apprenticeship and high school diploma, SPAR Austria offers the opportunity to start working in the food industry after graduation. Tomorrow’s managers will get to know the market from the ground up – just like all SPAR apprentices. Training places are limited and are initially offered exclusively in the federal states of Lower Austria and Vienna.

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 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 the brand in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.



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