‘DM’ INITIATES A TRAINING FOR "DRUGSTORE CONSULTING & ASSISTING" UNDER AUSTRIAN PROGRAM IN SOFIA AND DIMITROVGRAD
At the initiative of the leading trade chain in the field of drugstores in our country – ‘dm’ Bulgaria for the academic year 2022/2023 in Sofia and Dimitrovgrad will be organized specialized classes for training in the profession of "drugstore consulting and assisting" under the Austrian program. The students will pass a 5-year high school course. In the list of specialties the classes are present under the official name "Consultant Cosmetics, Perfumery, Organic Products and Household Chemicals", specialty "Provision of Product Information".
According to Mrs. Evelina Velikova, manager of dm Bulgaria, the training will increase the quality of education and will provide students excellent opportunities for professional realization.
The start of the classes is a continuation of the policy of the company to promote that profession in Bulgaria. Currently, such training is conducted in high schools in Varna and Pleven and the company plans to expand the program in other cities.
The profession is popular in Germany, Austria and Switzerland
It is a specific profession that has existed in the German-speaking world for decades. Its development is related to the growing popularity of specialized chains for the sale of such kind of products, today popular as ‘drugstores’.
The 5-year training combines the Austrian program and the Bulgarian experience
In addition to established general education subjects, students also study specialized disciplines such as chemistry, botany and pharmacognosy - the science of medicinal plants, commodity science, pharmacology, toxicology, cosmetics, biology and trade. They get acquainted in details not only with the composition of cosmetic, biological and chemical products, but also with their impact on the human body.
Children gain valuable practical experience thanks to the application of the Austrian model. In the form of dual training, they will be able to work in chain stores such as those of dm on reduced working hours with signed employment contracts and attractive remuneration, which is higher than the legally declared minimum wage.
52 students will study in the modern profession
Good preparation is a prerequisite for students to be competitive in the labor market. After graduating high school, they will have the opportunity to develop in many professional fields. For example, they will be able to work in specialty drugstore stores. Children will also gain enough knowledge and skills to succeed in any sector of retail.
Experience in countries such as Austria shows that the knowledge they receive gives them a very good basis for applying to medical universities, in particular in the field of Medicine and Pharmacy, and subsequently to develop as doctors or pharmacists. Students have career opportunities in the production and trade of cosmetics and even organic foods and other professions related to the natural sciences.
They will be able to compete successfully in the labor market outside Bulgaria. They will have the same knowledge as their peers in Western Europe and will have opportunities for successful careers.
‘dm’ Bulgaria is one of the largest drugstore chains in Central and Eastern Europe. The first store was opened in 1973 in Karlsruhe, Germany, and the first branch in Austria was opened in 1976 in Linz. The group is headquartered in Salzburg, Austria. Today dm is represented in 14 countries in Europe.
‘dm’ Bulgaria joined the group on January 29, 2009 with its first drugstore in Vidin. Today, the branch network consists of 97 stores in 28 cities in the country, and the company's employees are almost 850. The range of dm includes over 16,000 products such as cosmetics, perfumes, household goods, pet food, baby products and much more. The diverse range is complemented by 30 own brands of dm.
The goal of dm is to build a company that meets the needs of the client, to be reliable and honest partner, and to offer its employees opportunities for development. That’s why, dm puts the person at the center of its activity.
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