Carrefour Romania and the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE) have signed a strategic partnership for the next three years, targeting professional development projects for the company’s employees. The partnership begins with a first program called the School of Leaders, launched by Carrefour Romania in July, which aims to train tomorrow’s leaders as the company’s ambassadors, giving them, among other things, the opportunity to be mentored in key areas by renowned ASE professors.
The partnership was announced during an event organized today, in the Aula Magna of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies in the presence of the Carrefour Group CEO – Alexandre Bompard, Carrefour Romania CEO – Julien Munch, the Rector of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies – Univ. Prof. Dr. Nicolae Istudor and Her Excellency, Laurence Auer, French Ambassador to Romania, but also the direct beneficiaries of this program, Carrefour employees.
“We are very excited to run the School of Leaders program and to put into practice one of the essential values of our company, supporting our colleagues through the continuous development of their skills. In short, we want every colleague to be able to fulfill their potential with us, whether they want to become a store manager, department manager or at our headquarters. As such, I would like to thank the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies for being with us in this endeavor, and together we will write a new page in the history of tomorrow’s leaders. This is only the first project outlined in the partnership, as we will develop with our partners other new projects with impact, whether they are about the professional development of our employees or the training of ASE students with practical experiences.”, said Julien Munch, CEO of Carrefour Romania.
“With a long tradition of performance in the training of university students, generation after generation, the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies is a reliable partner of the Romanian business environment. Thus, we enthusiastically joined the School of Leaders program initiated by Carrefour Romania, through which we can have a positive impact on the professional life of the participants and through which we can promote continuous professional development. Companies that invest in employee skills are more competitive, both in terms of business and the labor market.”, added Univ. Prof. Dr. Dorel Mihai Paraschiv, ASE Prorector on relations with the economic and social environment and student life.
Carrefour Romania laid the foundations of the program in the first part of the year, when it identified key people from the company’s teams, following an evaluation applied at the level of the entire organization. Thus, depending on the course, Carrefour employees participating in the program were divided into three classes: Campus – which brings together colleagues who are preparing to become Store or Department Managers, Future Leaders Operational – whose members aim for the positions of Director of Hypermarket or Regional Managers and Future Leaders Headquarters – whose members develop the necessary skills to be able to access positions of Managers and Directors.
At the end of this year, the Carrefour 2021 Leadership School graduates will have skills developed in areas such as Leadership, Communication, Controlling, Finance, Operational Excellence, Project Management, Digital Strategy or Change Management. Another important element in the individual development plan of each participant is the performance of “on the job” learning traineeships, both nationally and internationally. The whole program is organized around experiential learning activities, with practical applicability.
In order to respond as applied as possible to the individual development needs, the training programs will be carried out in partnership with the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and Bucharest Business School and will be facilitated by professors of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. Each month will be dedicated to increasing skills in a certain area.
At the same time, during the program, participants will take part in three celebratory meetings, held at the omnichannel level. The first meeting takes place in September, with the official start of the training sessions.