Shoprite's training.
  • Shoprite is about to hit 12,000 young people who have completed an 8-week training course on retail and business basics.
  • It has employed more than 8,000 young people since it started the course in 2016 – and applications for its new class is now open.
  • These are its top ten tips for job applicants, and not just those hoping to break into retail.

Over the past two years it has employed 8,688 young people, and it will soon have trained more than 12,000 young people in its flagship skills-development project, the Shoprite group says.

Applications are currently open (in Gauteng and the Western Cape only) for a new intake for the programme, Retail Readiness, which comes with a NQF level 3 certificate. It includes three weeks of theoretical training and five weeks in actual stores.

Applications can also be submitted at the company's three recruitment centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria.

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Those who complete the course but do not find a place at Shoprite or Checkers stores leave with a good basic understanding of business, and better skilled to start out on their own, the company says.

Shoprite's ten top tips for job applicants
As part of its training and recruitment drive, Shoprite offers these ten tips – both for its own programme and anyone applying for any job, anywhere.
  • Double-check spelling and grammar on your CV and application.
  • Your documents must always be up to date and you must have a valid ID document.
  • Always ensure your contact details are current.
  • When including a profile picture make sure it presents you in the best possible light.
  • In an interview, always make eye contact and do not slouch.
  • Listen carefully to questions and ask the interviewer to repeat a question you didn’t understand or hear properly.
  • Try not to speak badly about your previous company and colleagues.
  • Dress neatly: a white shirt and black pants is always a good idea.
  • Google the company before going for an interview. This shows you are interested and will help you decide whether you actually want to work there.
  • At the end of the interview, ask what the next step is, if nobody volunteers this information.

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