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Russia's Magnit Launches Retraining Programmes For Unemployed Workers, Refugees

Russian retailer Magnit has announced the launch of a number of retraining programmes for those that have recently lost their jobs – such as those working in fashion retail – as well as refugees fleeing eastward from the conflict in Ukraine.

The retailer said in a statement that it has received a license from Russia's Ministry of Education and Science to commence the retraining programmes.

Russian retail has been impacted by many international brands pulling out of the country in recent weeks, with many shopping malls said to be facing bankruptcy this year, if the war continues.

Areas Of Focus

Training will focus on three core areas – Retail, including salespeople, merchandisers, store directors, and heads of departments; Logistics, including line managers, logistics personnel and drivers; and Production, including vegetable growers, production line operators, mushroom pickers, equipment adjusters and so forth.

Digital learning will also be employed, including a mobile application of the corporate training system, as well as training through bespoke digital platforms.

Some 360,000 personnel are expected to be employed through the group's training programme, with Magnit operating more than 26,000 stores in 67 regions across Russia, as well as 45 distribution centres.

“Magnit has a strong expertise in personnel training; more than 30,000 people are trained annually under our educational projects," commented Anna Bobrova, Magnit HR director.

"We work with modern programs in specialties that meet the current needs of the industry. The main thing for us is the willingness of candidates to gain new skills and experience and grow with us.”

The retailer added that all employees have the opportunity to work their way up through the ranks at Magnit, with 75% of retail chain managers having expanded their job opportunities within the business.

© 2022 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Stephen Wynne-Jones. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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