As an international group of independently owned and operated retailers and wholesalers, working together in partnership helps drive our knowledge sharing, which further help us fulfil our role as a responsible retailer. Our goal is to develop and grow people within SPAR whilst actively contributing towards our communities.
With the continued growth of SPAR, our partners worldwide have found more opportunities for collaboration, working better together as one big SPAR family. The exchanging of retail knowledge and best practice learnings helps to build better relationship, which is fundamental to SPAR as the world’s largest voluntary retail chain.
As part of our commitment to employee development, many of our partners have launched SPAR training academies, which provide young professionals with new skills and opportunities for self-development. While apprentices of our SPAR Academies are trained to become specialists in retail and supply chain operations, they are also given the chance to gain additional knowledge about other aspects of the business.
Thanks to these training programmes, our young professionals are equipped with the skills that allow them to provide customers with a better shopping experience through an enhanced understanding and knowledge of our services and products.
Our partners further offer community training programmes for unemployed job seekers – empowering them with the right skills to successfully enter the retail industry. An example of this is SPAR South Africa’s Jump Start programme, which provides unemployed youth with valuable life skills and hands-on work experience specific to SPAR’s retail environment.