European Competence Centre for Vocational Training (Retail/Wholesale)

25.02.2018 : Social Media Training

For more than six years trainees from Finland come to the European Retail Academy to get knowledge of markets and universities and to use their IT-skills in the transformation of those infos into news at ERA-Sites or within YouTube videos. Some of the students can be seen in the Collage.

The first YouTube video, created in 2012, was about the Alanus University in Bonn-Alfter - the second in close connection of a student art-exhibition in the City of Düren. More about technologies in retail could be seen at the METRO FUTURE Store Concept - and about tracing and tracking in the processing of meat by the YouTube Cuttinghouse TILS.


30.01.2018 : Exchange from Finland

The next ERA exchange is again from Rovaniemi: Eric Telkkälä. In his school back in Finland he was in a team taking part in the "Ambassador's Entrepeneurial Challenge", reaching the finals as the only team from Lapland.

Eric will stay for two months at the ERA-HQ and mainly work at the ERA-Sites, also helping to establish the latest special at: ERA BUN which will link history and future of the cities around the Baltic Sea. While being in Germany he will visit nearby cities like Cologne, Bonn and Duesseldorf; he will be also at the Technology Show EuroCIS or at cultural events like the local carnival (photo above) - made in Roesrath: HQ of the European Retail Academy (see more about Roesrath: YouTube video made by Jyri Törmänen, ERA Alumni).


05.12.2017 : Profile Professorship

Germany is well known for its dual education and for vocational competences in retail - which is just shown also by a job-offer for a Professor at the Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt : a city also famous for the car-manufacturer Audi and of the HQ of the retailer Saturn/Media Markt.

The needed profile to become Professor of International Retail is the appropriate university degree plus several years of work experiences in international retail - ideally combined with work stages abroad. Although based in Germany the courses will be in English ! more : see attached LINK

20.11.2017 : Review ERA/EUCVOT

Within a Conference Trio in Riga/Latvia (see also : Prof.Dr.Hallier explained how in 2005 the European Retail Academy started as an academic network - being followed by the sub- Site EUCVOT due to an EU-Study about vocational training within EU-member-countries.

Prof.Hallier stated that students have given ERA a special profile due to their enthusiasm and views : one of the outstanding catalysts for the ERA-TEAM BUILDING has been the cruises with the tallship Kruzenshtern and another one the meetings of the World Economic Youth Forum as part of the Astana Economic Forum. (see more about the lecture : LINK )

20.10.2017 : Romania

Born in 1993 in Romania Ioan Matei Purcarea studied first at the Romanian American University (RAU) and after that at the Carol Davila University (both Bucarest). He then took his chance to use in 2014 Erasmus+ for four months to study at the Novancia Business School Paris/France and went as a trainee in 2015 to IF Conseil & Innovation, Saint Marlo/France.

Ioan Matei colloborated in Romania with several magazines to place his academic papers. In 2016 and 2017 he also presented his research at SCM4ECR - being at the photo from that Conference ( see also Link News at ) together with Ruediger Hagedorn/ Consumer Goods Forum .

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