Master Training Plan

Master Training Plan for Occupations in Commerce and Distribution
The Ministry of Industry, Trade, Investment and Digital Economy has formulated, in partnership with the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training, a master training plan for occupations in Commerce and Distribution.

This master plan aims to develop training which will meet the needs of the operators of the commerce and distribution sector for skilled resources. It proposes a training programme adapted to the challenges and issues in the sector and is structured around two axes:

1. Initial training: the framework was based on a study of manpower needs by region and by trade for 2020. This measure focuses on:
• A Vocational training scheme that will benefit more that 137,000 people by 2020, notably in the following job classes: butchers, fishmongers, managers of commercial units, managers of commercial units for fresh produce, vendors and salespeople.
• A higher education scheme that will benefit more than 16,000 people by 2020, notably in the following job classes: marketing managers, buyers, executive managers, merchandisers, e-commerce managers.

2. Continuing education, structured around three offers which should benefit about 150,000 employees by 2020:
• Development training for current employees;
• Continuing education for independent traders;
• Continuing education for itinerant traders.

As part of the implementation of the master training plan, OFPPT (Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion) launched at the start of the 2013 academic year a training curricula for three profiles tailored to the needs of the operators, namely: technician specialized in commerce, retail department manager and technical sales agent.

During the 2014/2015 academic year, 18,275 students benefited from initial and skills training.

Regarding higher education, contacts have been established with universities and training schools for careers in Trade and Distribution to introduce them to the tools that will enable the adjustment of their training courses to the needs of the sector.

Regarding continuing education, a training scheme aimed at developing the workers currently employed in Commerce and Distribution shall be introduced in collaboration with OFPPT (Office of Vocational Training and Job Promotion)