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Recognition and Validation of Competencies at Sonae MC

06 April 2017

On March 23rd, Sonae MC attended a conference about the topic of "Recognition and Validation of Competencies”, integrated in the 10th edition of the HR Congress (Congresso RH), promoted by Editora RH. We were invited to present how our company develops and shares knowledge, with view to transform our employees and the community.

At Sonae MC, we value lifelong learning, translating this knowledge into qualifications. The recognition of learning results implies conceiving a formal process that can value and credit knowledge, aptitudes and competencies, covering every form of work-place learning.

In September 2015 we began a pilot project, in partnership with ANQEP (the Portuguese National Agency for Qualification and Professional Education) and CEFOSAP (the Trade Union Training and Professional Development Centre), which entailed equipping our companies with a model for the Recognition, Validation and Certification of Competencies. The advantages of this initiative for our employees and companies were clear, as it was possible to take advantage, in a work context, of the in-house experience and training – taught at the company – for the purpose of professional qualification. This way, we contributed to our employees’ personal and professional development, promoting internal mobility.

So far, Sonae MC has qualification procedures in place for employees in the training reference of logistics operator and technician. In the second semester of 2017, we will begin the activity of professional qualification in stores, based on the training reference of retail operator and technician, published in 2016. Thus, qualification has a fundamental role in the development process of employees. In 2016, Sonae MC counted 37,000 participants, in over 800,000 hours of training, with an average of 26 hours per employee.

We believe that, by elevating the level of qualification of our human capital, we are promoting talent management within the company.

Paula Abreu
HR Lead Operations, Sonae MC

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