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The Skills4Retail project, an Erasmus + Partnerships for Innovation Funded project, bringing together 29 partners, will focus on fast-tracking the ‘Triple Transition’ of Green, Digital and Resilience in the Retail sector, helping retailers to embrace ecommerce and ensuring their new business models are sustainable from the start.

The project's goal is to design a new Retail Skills Strategy and VET Training Programme that will address the urgent and emerging skills needs of retailers in the key areas of Digital, Green and Resilience. It will focus on training fresh new talent for the sector through training programmes in VET Schools and Higher Education Institutions, and the reskilling of the existing workforce via work based learning and short-term modular courses. The programme will be market and industry demand-led at its core, continuously adapting and evolving to address current and future industry needs and supporting European Retailers to achieve long term growth, competitiveness and sustainability through digital and green transformation.

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Skills4Retail roundtable: Accelerating the Triple Transition in European Retail through skills

Launch event of Skills4Retail — a new EU-funded initiative to future-proof the retail and wholesale sector in Europe

Hosted by Junior Achievement Europe, Skills4Retail held a high-profile roundtable event in Brussels on September 12, 2023, bringing together European policymakers and business representatives to discuss the critical sustainability, digitalization, and skills transformation in the sector. Skills4Retail, co-funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ Programme and closely aligned with the Pact for Skills in Retail, is led by a consortium of 29 international partners, including esteemed higher education institutions, training providers, retail industry experts, and communications specialists.

This initiative addresses the pressing need to accelerate the 'Triple Transition'—green, digital, and resilience—across the European retail and wholesale sectors. With a focus on market and industry-led retail skills strategies and vocational education and training (VET) programs, Skills4Retail is designed to bridge the growing skills gap exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through training programs in VET schools, higher education institutions, work-based learning, and modular courses, Skills4Retail is dedicated to equipping both fresh talent and existing professionals with the skills necessary to drive growth and sustainability in these sectors. This initiative encourages direct collaboration between policymakers, businesses, and educators, aligning with the goals of the Pact for Skills in Retail and contributing to the development of a more resilient and future-ready retail and wholesale industry in Europe.

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