Due to demographic developments, it has in recent years become more difficult to fill available training positions. As a result, employers must offer attractive options to draw motivated young people. In addition to numerous social benefits, SPAR Austria offers employees a loyalty bonus and various discounts on insurance. SPAR Austria also pays some of the highest apprentice bonuses in the country’s food retail sector. In total, SPAR trainees can earn additional bonuses worth over €6,700 during their training.
“Young people are in a discovery phase. The job choice people make at the age of 14 or 15 can sometimes feel not quite right in later years or they might want to develop in a different area later on. With 24 different training professions and a large variety of jobs, SPAR Austria gives young people a range of opportunities. Training at SPAR lays a secure professional foundation and is the cornerstone for further development within the SPAR Austria Group”, said Hans K. Reisch, Deputy Chairman of the SPAR Austria Board.
No matter what previous experience, ideas, and careers young people bring with them, training at SPAR is a fantastic starting point for a personal career path.
Marc Ofner, for example, is a Deputy Store Manager in a SPAR Supermarket in Carinthia. He started at SPAR as a trainee in retail and wholesale and gained experience at SPAR Austria’s central office in Carinthia as well as on the shop floor. After completing his training, he decided to continue working instore as this better fits with his career goal of becoming a store manager in the next years.
SPAR trainees have team members at their side, answering questions, offering support and advice, and treating each other with respect. Experienced trainers accompany trainees throughout the entire training period and give them regular feedback. Personal development is also a central training element at SPAR Austria. This is supported by various additional training courses, including Green Champion, Fairtrade Ambassador, and Meat or Cheese Expert.
In 2023, SPAR Austria is taking on 900 new trainees for various training professions. People interested in starting training at SPAR Austria in the autumn of this year can apply now. Required is an interest in food, sociable nature, and good German language skills.
Source: SPAR Austria
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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. With sales of €8.3 billion and impressive growth of 16%, SPAR Austria became the market leader in the Austrian grocery trade in 2020, after being a market growth leader for over a decade. It maintained this leadership position in 2021.