SPAR Academy in Vienna announces additional training series for apprentices as part of ‘Fairtrade-Ambassador’ project

SPAR Academy in Vienna announces additional training series for apprentices as part of ‘Fairtrade-Ambassador’ project


The SPAR Academy in Vienna has been cooperating with Fairtrade Austria for 15 years and in 2016 had set itself the goal of becoming the first commercial vocational school in Austria with a Fairtrade award.

Vienna, Austria, 2017-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Part of this award is the project ‘Fairtrade-Ambassador’ – additional training series for SPAR apprentices in the first year of their apprenticeship. The 98 apprentices who voluntarily opted for supplementary training this year were honored for their special commitment.

“To educate young people about Fairtrade is the most sustainable way to strengthen Fairtrade as well as small production companies in the future. The commitment and the willingness of our SPAR apprentices to learn more is a positive thing for the future, “said Fritz Poppmeier, Director of SPAR Austria, about the enthusiasm of the SPAR apprentices.

“The apprentices are given additional training on topics such as solidarity and sustainability, and their awareness of global connections is intensified in connection with commercial responsibility. Social responsibility is thus a central and also a corporate value of SPAR,” continued Mr Poppmeier on the occasion of the presentation of the Fairtrade award to the SPAR Academy in Vienna.

“Every day hundreds of thousands of people are buying at SPAR. It is therefore all the more important that the employees in the stores also know about Fairtrade. SPAR is already making a great contribution to apprentice training in order to anchor the idea of ​​Fairtrade even more firmly” says Fairtrade CEO Hartwig Kirner, who is enthusiastic about SPAR Austria’s commitment.


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John Lewis launched driver apprenticeship scheme which will recruit 41 new apprentices throughout 2015

LONDON, 2015-3-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis has launched a driver apprenticeship scheme which will recruit 41 new apprentices throughout 2015.

The scheme, in partnership with The Real Apprenticeship Company, complements John Lewis’s retail apprenticeships and reflects the changing roles of front-line driver Partners (staff) who interact with customers on a regular basis.

Two types of apprenticeships are available, with recruitment for the roles continuing throughout the year; six for the John Lewis Primary Transport fleet and 35 for John Lewis Customer Delivery fleet. All roles will be based at various hubs across England.

All apprentices will receive full training to drive heavy goods vehicles and develop their geographical knowledge. There will also be an emphasis on delivering outstanding customer service with all Customer Delivery apprentices taking part in John Lewis’s Much More Than A Driver (MMTAD) training scheme, giving drivers the skills and training they need to meet customer expectations.

Suzy Welby, Education Design Lead at John Lewis, said: ‘We are looking for young people who are passionate about what they do and the service they provide. Our drivers are ambassadors of our brand and their actions are a direct reflection on the business in the same way as any of our other Partners in a selling environment, so we are looking for people who are willing to take on that responsibility.

‘We build relationships with our Partners for the long term and offer career opportunities across a diverse business. We are looking for individuals who are excited by the prospect of sharing in our success and are passionate about being part of a co-owned business.’

For more information about the John Lewis driver apprenticeship scheme, please visit or

Notes to editors
John Lewis – John Lewis operates 43 John Lewis shops across the UK (31 department stores, ten John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis, ‘Multichannel Retailer of the Year 2014’¹ , ‘Best Overall Retailer’² and ‘Best Retailer 2014’³, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. stocks over 280,000 products, and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

¹ Oracle Retail Week Awards 2014
² Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2014
³ Which? Awards 2014.

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The Real Apprenticeship Company – The organisation is a specialist training provider offering market-leading and innovative training and apprenticeship solutions across the UK.

The Real Apprenticeship specialises in Brewery Proficiency and Food Manufacturing, Business to Business, Creative, Digital Media and Digital Marketing, Engineering, Residential Property Sales and Lettings, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Transport and Logistics, Engineering, Warehousing and service sectors including Business Administration, Customer Service, Team Leading and Management, and ICT and Sales.  The organisation also works with public, private and not-for-profit employers.

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For further information please contact:

Siobhan Flynn
Communications Officer, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7798 3186

Vikki Speed
Senior Communications Officer, Corporate & Brand, John Lewis
Telephone: 020 7931 4921