Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you want to know about us and the program...

Eligibility

1. I do not have any textile or fashion background. Will this affect my application?​


We do not favor students from a specific background or degree. We care more about your personality, your beliefs and most of all, your long-term ambition. Since TAL Apparel provides our MTs with comprehensive training and career develop​ment, industry background is not a pre-requisite, but a passion in apparel products is definitely a big plus!

We believe, there would always be good days and not so good days at work, but if you love what you do, you would be able to rise above the challenges!




2. I am not a fresh graduate, am I eligible for the program?


We welcome recent graduates with less than one year of full-time work experience.




3. I am studying abroad now. Will my application be considered?​


Definitely. We welcome overseas students to apply. Chinese language proficiency is a plus but not a must.

While the recruiting process would start in March, it is possible to arrange early interviews and admission for overseas students who are coming back to Hong Kong during term breaks, or have interviews conducted over video-conference.




4. I do not have right of abode in Hong Kong. Will TAL still consider me?​


TAL Apparel welcomes applicants from all nationalities​. In fact, we do have several non-local students joining our program. For successful applicants who require a Hong Kong work visa, TAL Apparel will sponsor their work visa application. Please note that employment with TAL Apparel is subject to the approval of a Hong Kong work visa as per statutory requirements.





Timeline

5. When will I be contacted for assessments after application is submitted?​


Please refer to the recruitment schedule​ under Application section. Note that only successful applicants would be contacted.




6. When will this program start?​


The program starts in early to mid-July. As there would be an intensive summer orientation program, we strongly encourage successful applicants not to miss it.
We would be in touch with the details once we have offered you a place.





Program

7. What is the difference between Product Stream and Data Stream?


We realize that you come from different acadamic backgrounds, with different interests and aspirations. To better match your career development goals and to develop future leaders in different key functions, we offer two streams in the program: Product and Data. In Product Stream, MTs will rotate in departments in which you can follow through the product development cycle from design and development, to sales, marketing, merchandising, and production. There would be plenty of opportunities to touch the actual products and to interact with our customers. While in Data Stream, MTs would learn to optimize our business through big data analysis, from production planning to vendor-managed inventory solutions, as well as financial analysis. To ensure core operational knowledge, both streams would have the opportunity to go for an overseas factory rotation. For more details, please refer to the "Department ​Rotations" under Program Details section.




8. Do I get to choose my preferable stream? Is there any quota per stream?


We would certainly take into consideration your preferences.

All MTs would go through the same two-month orientation program to understand the activities, people and careers in different functions. Towards the end of the orientation, you would be asked to indicate your choice of stream. At that point, assignments would be made based on MTs' choice and performance. There is no separate quota per stream.




9. Can I choose to work in the department in a different stream?


MTs are encouraged to choose the stream that best match their career interests. Since you are not required to make the selection till the end of the summer orientation, hopefully by then you would have a better idea of your department preferences. As there would be a clear set of learning objectives for each stream, once you are admitted into one stream, you are not expected to mix and match departments for your rotation. However, if you change your mind, requests to switch to a different stream would be considered on exception basis.




10. How long does the program last for?


The program lasts for two years.




11. How many job rotations would I have during the program?


There are 3-4 postings including one overseas rotation in one of our production countries.




12. What kind of training does TAL provide?


The program starts with a two-month classroom-style orientation, in which our MTs will attend various department trainings and soft skills workshops. Through lectures, role-plays, exercises and small projects, our MTs will be well-equipped with basic industry and company knowledge before the first rotation starts. However, the best learning often happens on the job. Our Human Capital Management professionals work closely with department leaders to carefully curate the learning objectives for each rotation to help you sharpen your industry knowledge and grow your leadership skills. MTs are also assigned on multiple cross-functional projects to test out what they learned in a safe environment. At TAL Apparel, we believe everyone is different. With the support of the TAL Apparel senior management, our MTs very often play a proactive role in shaping their own learning journey too! Please visit the "TALers Sharing" Section to learn about the stories of our MTs and MT graduates!





Exposure

15. How many Management Trainees will TAL recruit this year?​


We are rather flexible about the number of MTs each year. We focus on finding the perfect match between the applicant and TAL Apparel.





Intake

15. How many Management Trainees will TAL recruit this year?​


We are rather flexible about the number of MTs each year. We focus on finding the perfect match between the applicant and TAL Apparel.





Company Culture

16. What is the working environment of TAL?​


If you have read about the sharing from our TALers, you'd know it's all about our people!

Here at TAL Apparel, people are always curious, never stop learning and keep innovating in everything we do. We won't lie about how the industry is not tough and that the office is a playground, but we can assure you that at TAL Apparel, you work with a great team and you can definitely count on your team in helping you grow. Through relentless hard work, we define the future of apparel industry together.

Please visit Life at TAL Section to learn more about our work environment and culture.





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