SPAR Gran Canaria’s Butchery School, launched in the summer of 2023, trains unemployed people to become specialized butchers.
The local supermarket group has pioneered a training programme to establish a qualified and certified pool of butchery staff. This addresses the scarcity of this type of professional due to a lack of specialised training and trade knowledge.
Participants in the first two training series of the SPAR Gran Canaria Butchery School completed an 80-hour programme to quality. This consists of 30 hours of theoretical training both online and in-person at SPAR Gran Canaria headquarters, and 50 hours of practical training at the Gran Canaria Island Slaughterhouse and SPAR Supermarket butchery sections.
Developed in collaboration with Adecco, the school concluded two successful editions in 2023, with 13 participants earning diplomas. The programme exceeded expectations by generating 12 new jobs for graduates in SPAR Supermarkets’ butchery sections in Gran Canaria.
Naira Quintana, Human Resources Director of SPAR Gran Canaria, highlighted the Butchery School’s commitment to job creation. She expressed satisfaction with surpassing the goal by hiring 92% of the 13 participants from the 2023 editions for a minimum six-month period.
The SPAR Gran Canaria group is gearing up for 2024 trainings, focusing on quality and specialised training with a third edition planned for the first quarter. The upcoming programme aims to maintain small groups while accommodating a larger quota, covering topics such as meat differentiation, butcher section protocols, and customer service skills.
Source: SPAR Gran Canaria
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SPAR Spain was founded in 1959 when a group of wholesalers who wished to join an international organisation came together. As a result, the brand became the first voluntary trading chain to be established in Spain, having been granted a license by SPAR International. Together, 13 regional SPAR wholesalers actively continue the expansion of the brand across the country.