Clothing, food and all that goes along with elegance and health is what this company offers. Woolworths opened their doors for the first time in 1931, in Cape Town, South Africa. This was a time of great depression, yet this store survived and even thrived through it all to become one of the most prominent household names in South Africa. Even from this day, Woolworths offered superior quality. Their product ranges were made available at affordable prices, without compromising any of their quality. These attributes are partially responsible for the great success of the company within South Africa, making it one of the most prominent retail chains.
Even though the name and concept idea of the company originated from ‘Woolworths’ Australia, the two companies do not have any other ties or association. In 1934 the second store was opened in Durban, with financial aid provided by Elie Susman, and in 1935 Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth also saw the opening of their store branches. From here they grew and success followed.
This company has grown over the years quite exponentially, going from one store to over 400. Stretching from South Africa all the way to the Middle East, with new ventures in New Zealand and Australia. When originally opened this store provided retail along with financial services to those within the middle and upper-income sectors. Today this retail store boasts with a wider selection of products and services including homeware, beauty products, food as well as their original products of clothing and financial services.
Woolworths devotes a great deal of their resources into providing sustainable development. They aid in the environmental, as well as the social and economic needs that lies within South Africa. Yearly they seek talented candidates, some who may join their workforce as permanent employees, and some that will just gain a greater knowledge with hands-on experience within the workplace.
Woolworths Learnerships Available
There is a great variety of learnerships presented by Woolworths, the ones made available yearly will, however, depend on the need within the company.
Candidates may find some of the following career paths available yearly:
- IT Specialist
- Models – Clothing
- Customer Service Management
- Warehouse Personnel
- Clothing / Fashion Designer
- Sales Consultant
- Project Manager
- Buyer Assistant
Woolworths Learnerships Requirements
Candidates must include a detailed curriculum vitae with contact details, contactable references as well as any information they feel may be pertinent to their application. Please also include certified copies of all relevant certificates and ID. Candidates must be permanent South African residents and citizens.
Candidates will also be required to have the following:
- Diploma or degree where relevant
- Proficient in English, thus be able to read, write and speak
- Ability to communicate with clients along with a passion for their brands
- Must be computer literate
- Must be able to interpret and analyze information
- Be self-motivated and a team player
- Dedicated to learn with loads of energy
- Flexibility with a willingness to work
- Committed to perfect service delivery
- Must have a positive attitude, with planning and organizing skills
- Must have a great taste and passion for flair
Previous knowledge of the retail industry will be advantageous.
Woolworths Learnerships Application
Woolworth’s learnerships online applications processes are made available yearly, as an opening within the company arises. Most of the learnership programs provided will be for a duration of 12 to 18 months.
On the application form, you will have to supply detail such as your name, contact detail, work experience, education along with contactable recommendations. Additionally, candidates will also have to upload their curriculum vitae’s and any supporting documentation.
Only candidates who make the short list will be contacted. The company may also require these candidates to be interviewed before awarding the learnership. Candidates can have a look here for any open learnerships, or find out from their campus career centers when one comes available.
Woolworths Learnerships Closing Date
The closing dates vary, depending on the position available.
Candidates are reminded to ensure they certify all documents and add a motivation letter.
Woolworths is an equal opportunity employer. They offer successful candidates dynamic and exciting challenges along with an opportunity for growth on all levels. Their workforce includes professionals, graduates, and even entry-level workers. They offer candidates from a wide selection of cultures, backgrounds and even varying levels of skill, and equal opportunity to enter the company.