METRO GROUP launches joint trade education platform with two German trade industry associations

  • Online portal www.handel-erklaert.de provides learning materials for secondary and vocational schools
  • Ad-free, educationally refined teaching materials on key aspects of trade
  • Offering underscores industries importance as a key economic sector with more than 33 million employees across Europe

METRO GROUP, the German Retail Federation HDE and the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services BGA have launched the first online platform for comprehensive learning materials on the trade sector. Starting immediately, secondary and vocational school teachers can make use of a collection of educationally refined adapted teaching materials on various aspects of trade for economic, political and social subjects under the link www.handel-erklaert.de. The offering is rounded out by information on changing topics of current interest such as traceability in food retail.

It is impossible to imagine a world without trade: It is a key pillar of the economy, yet is frequently not recognised as such. For this reason, the new online portal www.handel-erklaert.de has been launched to bundle teaching materials about this important sector of the economy. The new platform provides an overview of the multifaceted trade sector divided into four subject areas: wholesale and retail, economy, society and environment. Practical teaching material – developed with the help of teachers – can be used for in-depth classroom teaching on the respective subjects. Lesson planning aids are complemented by guidelines on learning objectives and performance expectations. All teaching materials about trade are purely informative and free of ads. The contents and work sheets are rounded out by supplementary information on current, sector-specific topics of interest such as new traceability technologies for food retail.

Three partners for a strong sector

The trade sector is integral to everyday life with more than 33 million employees across Europe. In Germany, the sector offers a disproportionately large number of trainee positions. About 220,000 trainees are currently training for a job in this sector. Together with the German Retail Federation HDE and the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services BGA, companies like METRO GROUP have committed themselves to the long-term promotion of education. METRO GROUP, BGA and HDE have launched the platform “Handel erklärt” (“Retail explained”) to generate interest in trade and a career in this sector among young people.

Retail and wholesale – a wealth of opportunities

The retail and wholesale segments offer various specific strengths and opportunities that are not equally well known. The German retail industry employs more than 3 million people working in sales, logistics, marketing, online trading, procurement and administration. As such, retail is one of Germany’s largest employers providing one in every 12 jobs. The retail sector will remain an important employer in future: The sector currently trains 160,000 young people in more than 30 professions complemented by attractive specific occupational profiles requiring advanced vocational training. The share of apprentices in the retail sector exceeds the average of all sectors of the German economy. Vocational training in the retail industry offers young people excellent career prospects – many young Germans still start their career with an apprenticeship.

Wholesale’s strengths are based on its business-to-business (B2B) approach. The sector supplies industry, skilled crafts and trades, retail and gastronomy with all they need to do business, linking the different distribution levels. With 1.7 million employees generating more than € 1.1 trillion in sales it is Germany’s second-largest economic sector and one of the country’s major employers. The sector’s roughly 60,000 apprentices are trained in more than 40 occupations ranging from wholesale and export traders to logistics, marketing and IT specialists. The choice of training, employment and career opportunities is enormous. With the young talent campaign “GROSS HANDELN – GROSS RAUSKOMMEN” (“Making it big in wholesale”) the sector seeks to attract tomorrow’s top professionals.

In a reflection of the sector’s broad nature, the partners regularly add information on current topics of interest from all areas of trade to the platform www.handel-erklaert.de and continuously develop the teaching materials provided through this platform.

 

METRO GROUP is one of the most important international trading companies. In the financial year 2013/14, it generated sales of about €63 billion. The company operates around 2,200 stores in 30 countries and has a headcount of around 250,000 employees. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales brands that operate independently in their respective market segments: METRO/MAKRO Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale –, Media Markt and Saturn – the European market leader in consumer electronics retailing – Real hypermarkets and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.

The German Retail Federation (HDE) was founded in 1919 as the overarching organisation of the German retail sector and officially represents the sector’s interests vis-à-vis the political community and the public. The association has 100,000 business members across all sectors, locations and sizes. HDE gives a single voice to the multi-faceted retail sector ranging from medium-sized businesses to global players and traditional inner-city retailers to online traders. HDE is the legitimate voice of the sector vis-à-vis the national and EU level as well as vis-à-vis other sectors of industry, the media and the public. In this work, HDE is supported by numerous national and regional associations across Germany as well as sector-specific associations. As an umbrella organisation of employer associations, HDE represents the retail sector within the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA).

BGA is the leading organisation for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in Germany. The BGA network bundles the expertise of 48 sector organisations and 20 national and regional associations and represents its members’ general professional, economic and socio-political interests through local representations in Berlin and Brussels as well as through more than 100 organisations around the world. BGA has made it one of its key goals to provide its members with a networking platform. In addition, BGA provides its members with practical information about the implications of new legislative and regulatory developments for companies.