GDP, together with KMD, began to address these issues about a year ago in a joint Education/Employment Workgroup to find solutions and design a path in order to create standardized education and publicity for the industry as a way to raise awareness for the employment opportunities. Our “Enhancement of Skills in Retail” Project numbered 2014-1-TR-KA202-013308 has been accepted within the framework of Erasmus+ Program during 2014 request for proposal term. Within the framework of the Strategic Partnership Grant Program, our Project which has received grant from the Turkish National Agency for a period of 2 years under the coordination of the Food Retailers Association will be completed in August 2016.
There held frequent workshops and meetings where brainstorming and planning was done by vocational education and human resources professionals of leading sector companies where the following conclusions were assessed;
- Fundamental Retail Training curriculum needs to be renewed and standardized nation-wide
- A Fundamental Retail Training content should be developed, that has to be compatible with distance learning
- The Fundamental Retail Training should be sustainable, updatable, extendable, configurable when needed, where needed
- Dissemination of the Retailing Training is great importance, both as traditional and distance learning.
- Fundamental Retail Training should be recognized as a requirement for all blue-collars.
- Members of both associations, who participated to the ‘Standards of Retail Sector’ workshops organized by Mesleki Yeterlilik Kurumu (Vocational Qualifications Authority), concluded a consensus on the adoption of vocational training standards and professional qualifications.
- Blue-collar (store staff) need to be trained tested and certified within the framework of improved standards.
- Exams/tests at the end of the trainings should be designed as accessible and common.
- Certificate of Proficiency should be recognized nationally/internationally and ease the employment.