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Out of the Box International develops a tailor made open data model and policies based on open digital environment which is transparent, accountable and secured.

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Out of the Box International works with already existing hubs, various local and national stakeholders and social entrepreneurs in order to further develop and promote successful social entrepreneurship policies and practices.

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Out of the Box International delivers expertise in the field of cohesive policies by using cross-sectorial approach and non-formal  education, in a global perspective.

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Out of the Box International  works further to enhance current cooperation in South East Europe region and actively supports the integration of all European countries in common European project.

On the 11th and 12th of September, Brussels became the host of an important event in the European retail and wholesale sector as policymakers and industry leaders reunited for a roundtable event hosted by Skills4Retail. This event not only marked the starting point of something extraordinary but also the official launch of the Skills4Retail initiative, a pioneering EU-funded project that holds the promise of future-proofing the entire retail and wholesale landscape across Europe.

Accelerating Change At its core, the Skills4Retail project seeks to expedite what has come to be known as the ‘Triple Transition’. This multifaceted transition envisions fostering sustainability through green practices, embracing digitalization, and fortifying the sector’s resilience. These three pillars, each vital in its own right, form a stronger, more adaptive, and forward-thinking retail and wholesale sector in Europe.

This transformative initiative is being produced by an international consortium of 29 dedicated partners. These partners represent diverse stakeholders, including educational institutions, training providers, industry experts, and digital marketing agencies.

One of the central challenges and concerns facing the retail and wholesale industry today is the skills gap. As technology develops, consumer expectations shift and sustainability concerns grow, the need for a skilled, adaptable workforce becomes increasingly needed. Skills4Retail steps into this arena, serving as the bridge that abolishes the skills gap.

Skills4Retail envisions providing a fresh influx of talent through vocational education and training programs. These programs are designed to equip individuals with the specialized skills necessary to thrive in the dynamic world of retail and wholesale.

Recognizing the importance of reskilling, the initiative offers work-based learning opportunities and modular courses. This approach ensures that both current and future members are equipped with the expertise they need to navigate the changing landscape of the industry effectively.

The launch of the project Skills4Retail represents a key element in the European retail and wholesale sector’s journey towards a sustainable, digitally empowered, and resilient future. With the support of a powerful and diverse consortium and a commitment to bridging the skills gap, this initiative sets the stage for a sector that can not only adapt to change but lead it, ensuring prosperity and progress for all.

An exciting new era in the retail sector awaits.

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.


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