The TFG Yes Learnership programme (All Provinces)

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About TFG South Africa

The Foschini Group (TFG) is one of South Africa’s largest retail groups, with a diverse portfolio of brands that cater to a wide range of consumer needs. Established in 1924, TFG has grown from a single store in Johannesburg to a multinational corporation with over 3,000 outlets across various countries, including South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The company operates several well-known brands such as Foschini, Markham, Totalsports, and @home, each specializing in different segments of the retail market, from fashion and jewelry to sportswear and home goods. TFG’s expansive reach and variety of offerings have solidified its reputation as a leader in the retail industry.

TFG’s history is marked by continuous growth and innovation. From its early days of selling fashion apparel, the group has diversified its brand portfolio and expanded its market presence through strategic acquisitions and store openings. In the 1980s, TFG went public on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, further boosting its financial capabilities and market reach. Over the decades, TFG has embraced technological advancements and modern retail strategies, including e-commerce and omni-channel retailing, to stay competitive and meet evolving consumer demands. This forward-thinking approach has enabled TFG to maintain a robust growth trajectory and adapt to changing market conditions.

The TFG YES Learnership Programme is a testament to the group’s commitment to social responsibility and sustainable development. By partnering with the Youth Employment Service (YES) initiative, TFG aims to tackle the pressing issue of youth unemployment in South Africa. The program provides unemployed young South Africans with valuable work experience and skills development opportunities within TFG’s various divisions.

Eligibility and Accessibility

·         The program is open to unemployed South African youth between 18 and 28 years old.

·         Available and willing to commit to a 12-month fixed-term contract.

·         Must not be engaged in full-time studies during the employment period (April 24–March 25).

·         Should not have been continuously employed with a single employer for more than one year.

·         Should not have previously participated in or been registered for the YES programme.

·         Preference will be given to candidates from designated groups as per the Employment Equity Act.

·         Matric certificate (preferred).

·         Applicants are responsible for their own accommodation and transportation, if applicable.

Structure and Duration

12-Month Commitment: The program spans an entire year, offering sustained engagement and development for participants.

Placement in TFG Divisions: Learners are strategically placed in various divisions within The Foschini Group (TFG), including retail stores, clothing factories, and distribution centres. This diverse placement strategy ensures that participants gain a wide range of experiences and insights into different facets of the retail industry.

What Can Learners Expect?

TFG YES learners gain practical experience in the retail sector while undergoing skills development. The program offers:

On-the-Job Training: Learners receive hands-on experience in their assigned departments, learning the ropes of retail operations. This includes tasks such as customer service, inventory management, and sales techniques, providing a well-rounded introduction to the retail environment.

Digital Learning Journey: A comprehensive online training program delivered via smartphone equips learners with essential workplace skills. The curriculum covers topics such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving, ensuring learners are prepared for a variety of challenges in their careers.

Mentorship and Coaching: Learners benefit from guidance and support from experienced TFG staff, fostering their professional growth. Regular feedback sessions and personalized coaching help learners identify their strengths and areas for improvement, aiding in their overall development.

Smartphone Incentive: Upon successful completion of the program, learners get to keep the smartphone used for training. This not only rewards their hard work but also ensures they have continued access to digital resources and tools to support their future endeavors.

Career Pathways: By the end of the 12 months, learners are equipped with practical experience, enhanced skills, and a professional network within TFG. This positions them strongly for future employment opportunities, either within TFG or in the broader retail sector.

Benefits of the YES Learnership Programme

The TFG YES Learnership Programme offers a win-win situation for both young people and TFG.

Learner’s gain:

·         Valuable work experience to enhance their employability.

·         Development of essential skills for the retail industry.

·         An opportunity to earn a steady income.

·         At the end of a successful learnership learners who perform well are likely to be absorbed into available permanent roles and will receive the accredited qualification.

TFG benefits by:

·         Building a talent pipeline of skilled and motivated young professionals.

·         Contributing to addressing South Africa's youth unemployment challenge.

·         Investing in a sustainable future workforce for the company.

How to Apply

Note: To apply for the Yes Programme in your province, click on the relevant prompt.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Gauteng province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the KwaZulu Natal province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Western Cape province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Free State province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Limpopo province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the North West province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Southern Cape (George and Knysna) Region, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Northern Cape province, click here.

To apply for the Yes Programme in the Eastern Cape province, click here.

Closing Date:

Not specified. 

Apply as soon as possible to stand a chance to be apart of this initiative. Be sure to have copies of your ID and Matric certificate when you apply.

The TFG YES Learnership Programme exemplifies The Foschini Group's dedication to fostering economic growth and addressing youth unemployment in South Africa. By offering comprehensive training, hands-on experience, and mentorship, the program equips young individuals with the skills necessary to thrive in the retail industry. TFG's rich history of innovation and expansion, combined with its diverse portfolio of brands, provides an ideal environment for learners to develop and succeed. Through initiatives like the YES Programme, TFG not only strengthens its workforce but also contributes significantly to the broader social and economic development of the communities it serves.

Best of luck to all applicants.


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