Shoprite Learnership, Internship and Bursary

About Shoprite

The Shoprite Group of Companies is Africa’s largest food retailer. It was found in 1979 and is currently operating 2.843 outlets in 15 countries, scattered across the continent and the Indian Ocean Islands. The company’s headquarters are located in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Shoprite Holdings Limited is a public company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), with secondary listings on both the Namibian and Zambian Stock Exchanges.

Shoprite Holdings Limited is an investment holding company whose combined subsidiaries constitute the largest fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) retailer on the African Continent and the Indian Ocean Islands. Though the Group’s primary business is on food retailing, its offering extends to a broad range of goods and services including household products, furniture, pharmaceuticals and financial services amongst others. Shoprite Holdings Limited comprises a number of entities, which includes the Shoprite Checkers Supermarket Group, Checkers Hypers, Usave stores, furniture outlets (including OK Furniture, House and Home), Hungry Lion, MediRite pharmacies and LiquorShop. The Hungry Lion Fast Foods, though, was disclaimed and sold on July 1, 2018 when the Group lost interest in it.

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Shoprite plays a significant role in reducing unemployment rate as it had recruited over 147.000 people. The company manages to prevent job losses and help create thousands more of work opportunities despite going through tough economic times. Apart from that, the company also run food subsidies to help their communities through difficult times.

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The company does not only enable access to quality consumer products and services, but also job opportunities to the communities in the countries that they serve. in offering job opportunities to the people in need of employment, the Shoprite Group focuses on attracting, developing and retaining a loyal and committed workforce, dedicated to the Group’s culture and organisational objectives. The company offers a range of various positions in their divisional offices around Africa and the Home Office departments in Cape Town.

The Shoprite Group also offers bursary opportunities and graduate programmes for those who are willing to expertise their skills and increase their job performances. Up until today, the Group had trained over 155.000 people and invested in over 3 million training hours, conducted 1.5 million successful training interventions and rolled out an e-learning platform across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands to facilitate remote training since the Group was established.

Shoprite Learnership

A lot of people might already hear the words internship and learnership, but most people mistake those two words with one another. An internship is usually programmed for tertiary education students as one of the requisites to graduate from their studies. Internships are about giving students an opportunity to experience real-life work and measuring their readiness to start or join a career. Interns are supervised throughout the entire duration of the internship. Some interns are paid during their internship by the company or institution that they participate in, depending on the policy by the internship provider.

A learnership is another thing. A learnership is a programme that is designed to give people classroom trainings and work experience at the same time. It is a form of an on-the-job training programme that aims to develop the participants’ skills and ensuring that they are ready and have sufficient abilities to jump into the world of work. Learners in a learnership are usually given weekly or monthly stipends by the learnership providers.

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In 2016, Shoprite expected to empower over 200.000 people of the young generations in Africa by conducting on-the-job training programmes in order to help those unemployed youths gain sufficient skills to enter the retail sector or to start their own business. It is until now that the company remain to strive for their missions in empowering the young generations of Africa. Therefore, trainings and tertiary educational programmes still run in the company’s system.

Participants of the programme are provided with the basic business principles to understand the financial, legal and business requirements of setting up and running a small to medium enterprise in conjunction with a large retailer.

The programme consists of 12 months classroom training and workplace experience in identifying and understanding the customers’ needs, also delivering first class inbound and outbound customer services and sales whilst remaining committed to treating customers fairly. Participants will receive weekly stipends during their time in the on-the-job training.

Requirements for Shoprite Learnership Enrolment

Individuals who are willing to increase their abilities and gain more knowledge as well as work experience to be ready to start or join a career might want to consider in joining a learnership, specifically provided by Shoprite. In order to do that, those people may need to pay attention to the following list of requirements before applying for the learnership. Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of South Africa with an Identity Document (ID)
  • Be aged between 18 and 35 years old by the time they apply
  • Hold a Grade 12 certificate or equivalent qualification (e.g. N3), with Mathematics and English
  • Be currently unemployed
  • Not be involved in academic studies when enrolling for the programme
  • Be able to operate the computer – MS. Office for the least
  • Be able to work in shifts, on weekends or on public holidays
  • Be able to attend both theoretical and practical trainings
  • Have excellent work-ethic
  • Be goal-driven and self-motivated
  • Be conscientious to details
  • Have negotiation and time management skills
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How to Apply

Those who are interested to be enrolled in the Shoprite Learnership are welcome to apply online by visiting their website at www.shopriteholdings.co.za then register an account and apply according to the given procedures on the page. Another way to apply is by dialling *120*446# on the phone to then follow the prompts (network rates apply). Remember to choose one of the two mentioned ways to apply.

Send in a CV, a certified copy of ID and transcripts, and any other supporting document as proof of qualification to the Shoprite’s recruitment centres in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Pretoria. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified for further recruitment stages.

Visit the Shoprite’s official website on www.shoprite.co.za for more information.

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