Our solutions are co-created with our clients, ensuring that they meet your specific context and needs.
Innovative design & delivery
We view creating methodology and content that is highly impactful and fresh as our art.
We have outstanding skills and extensive experience in designing and developing bespoke programmes for our clients.
Track record & footprint
South Africa: Accredited facilitators in Gauteng, Kwazulu Natal, Free State, Western and Eastern Cape. International: Representatives in Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Malawi & Tanzania.
Experienced, diverse & passionate team
Our 50+ strong team of specialists enables us to offer our clients a one-stop solution with seamless integration between different fields of specialisation.
Free To Grow is a black owned company providing our South African clients with procurement benefits.
Technology for learning & measurement
We are committed to developing and delivering innovative technology for surveys, assessments, dashboards, team connection and performance management as well as sustaining learning.
ISO 9001:2015 Quality management system
Free To Grow is one of the few African service providers in this field with ISO certification. We are also accredited with the Services SETA.
"I really want to thank you for the Free To Grow training conducted at Peninsula during 2017. You and your team have done an excellent job to roll out the training while we were also implementing LEAN. The impact on our people is visible in the way they now talk and it clearly indicates that the effect is lasting. Not all training has this effect on so many people. I received only positive feedback from all staff who were part of the sessions, I can also see the change in some them even during very short interactions.
The Shape session showed us as leaders in the Cape region how important organizational culture is and how leaders are influencing the culture and therefore our people’s behaviour."
“Your programmes and facilitators are amazing and made a huge contribution. Your team is probably the most responsive and most professional I have ever worked with.”
Lydia Rolanda, AME HR Director
“Free To Grow worked like magic. The level of commitment and ownership of our staff and team leaders increased dramatically. Performance is much, much better than before and the past season was the best we have ever had. We now e.g. deliver 21% more cases than in the previous financial year and our PD Turnaround time is 57% faster. Relationships – including that with the unions – are much more collaborative then before. There has indeed been a remarkable transformation here.”
Moses Lubisi, Manufacturing Manager, CCBSA
"Our journey with Free To Grow started in 2016 when they facilitated a strategic retreat for our team. Employee Engagement was masterfully unpacked - making it practical, visible and sustainable. In 2017, they ran 10 Inspiring Leaders to Engage workshops for our leaders. They provided an excellent learning environment and the impact on our people became visible immediately. We value them as a partner and highly recommend their work."
Margaret Otukile, Chief Human Capital Officer
“With Free To Grow’s invaluable help we’ve defined our organisation’s strategic roadmap to Operational Excellence. In this process, we’ve received the highest level of service excellence and their team continues to provide ongoing advice and services to meet our current and future needs.”
Melicia Mouton, HR Director, Imperial Logistics South Africa Group
“We were particularly impressed with Free To Grow’s approach to the leadership training which was complemented with coaching circles to facilitate transfer of learning back into the workshop. The methodology kept participants active and engaged throughout the sessions and provided an open, enjoyable environment. Free To Grow has positively impacted on our people and contributed to their growth. We value Free To Grow as a partner and would not hesitate to recommend them.”
Irene Kamau, Group Head of Human Resources, Commercial Bank of Africa
“Free To Grow stands out from other providers with regard to:
An iconic organisation:They set a new standard in all that they do: the design of their programmes, how they engage people in the learning experience, quality of facilitators, how they create buy-in and raise awareness before the programmes and the quality of their feedback during and after the programmes.
Professional service delivery: The ease of doing business with Free To Grow is outstanding. Their service is of a level we have never experienced before.
Amazing results:The programmes touch everybody’s hearts. We stand amazed at the impact Free To Grow has had on our business.”
Jacque Matthee, Organisational Development Manager, APL Cartons
"I first worked with Free To Grow when I was appointed HR Manager at Sun International's Table Bay Hotel. The change management training was amazing and we continued to implement various programmes which helped Table Bay Hotel to become a finalist at the IMVELO Awards in both the Investors in People and Most Empowered Tourism Business categories. They went on to win the latter category.
When I moved to Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as Regional Human Manager, I immediately contacted Free To Grow. Needless to say, the training was once again a bit hit with staff and managers.
Free To Grow is a world-class company with amazingly relevant training in a diverse world. They have remained innovative and have been adding programs, defining and setting trends with the development of their content and I highly recommend them for any organisation."
Christelle Horne, General Manager
“We had the best season ever, in spite of all our people attending the programme during peak season. Free To Grow, coupled with the operational improvement, had a positive impact on OTIF Performance, Internal rejects as a % of production, Annual Sales & EBIT and Operating profits/Payroll.”
Wicus Maritz, MD, Rotolabel (Division of Bidvest)
"Free To Grow engaged our people and created learning and excitement in an impressive manner. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive both in terms of content and methodology. Participants were particularly happy that the programmes weren't theoretical but shared skills that could immediately be applied back in the workplace. They gave our leaders an opportunity to examine themselves, identify their strengths and potential and armed them with the tools and skills to go forward and lead their teams with confidence. We are already observing a positive shift in those who attended.”
James Maitho, Director Human Resources, Kenya
“Free To Grow's TeamConnect® methodology is an awesome tool that has shaped and reiterated our culture as a business. It has also helped us communicate our strategic objectives and operating plan, and has allowed employees the opportunity to provide input and express themselves in decision making within our organisation.”
Sifikile Zondi, Head of Learning and Development, Ster-Kinekor
“We thought our company was performing well and that staff were adequately engaged to deliver required results until we were introduced to the Free To Grow methodologies. As a result of the work done to date, we have already seen significant shifts in the workplace engagement and an uptick in business results.”
Bartley Joseph, MD of EOH Highveld PFS
“Free To Grow delivered a customised client service learning solution that is best in class, engaging and sustainable. We were spot-on in choosing Free To Grow to work with us as the programme received rave reviews from the delegates.”
Fumani Nkuna, Manager People Development (at the time)
“Free To Grow exceeded expectations on all the interventions. The customisation process really ensured that the course content was appropriate to our environment and staff were able to engage on a much deeper level. The facilities that participated in Free To Grow’s programmes are now among the higher performing facilities in the Western Cape.”
Tracey Douglas, Deputy Director: Institutional Management Support
"I was absolutely blown away by the impact Free To Grow made on a highly disengaged team in one of our very challenging divisions. Here's a practical way of shifting the emphasis from the organisation 'transfusing' engagement through endless activities (often to no avail), to employees recognising their role in driving their own levels of engagement - a much more empowering and affirming approach."
Dalene Sechele, Head of Human Resources, Mercantile Bank
“Free To Grow supported the brewery teams at the different levels to mend the communication channels through open, honest and frank discussions. They provided a safe environment and earned the trust of people through their conduct to encourage employees to open up and share issues and barriers that kept the business from performing at the required levels. Feedback from employees at all levels of the business indicates a dramatic positive change in the way people communicate and interact.”
Johan Gouws, Technical Director, Nile Breweries
“I was amazed at how far we have come through the process My people are on board like never before.”
Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative, UNICEF Vietnam
“Free To Grow has been running learning programmes for UCT since 2004. The impact has been tremendous. We have received exceptionally professional service from Free To Grow –service providers like this are as rare as gold.”
Kirsty Holmes, Manager Staff Learning Centre, University of Cape Town
“Free To Grow as a service provider and the impact of their programmes are, in one word, phenomenal! Free To Grow took our mission and values and put it under their armpit. They made it their own."
Reubenette Motloheloa, Learning and Development Manager, MultiChoice Africa (at the time)
“Feedback from line managers is that there has been a significant change in the employees. They have become more pro-active and have taken ownership and accountability for their performance. ‘The smell of the place’ has become extremely pleasant and more positive.”
9 months later: “Previously Pabod’s results in the employee engagement survey were far lower than our other breweries in Nigeria. This time it was on par with the others. Our performance has been the best it has ever been for a number of reasons, including the work done with Free To Grow.”
Yolande Chirwa, HR Director, Nigeria Breweries (at the time)
“TFG has partnered with Free To Grow (FTG) for many years and we have great synergy and alignment in terms of philosophy, style and culture. When we looked at putting in place a program to take into our businesses on the African continent, FTG was our immediate partner of choice! The material they produced was comprehensive, focused and exactly what we required to build our leaders and help us to transfer culture, the customer service ethic as well as personal insight and development. We will continue to partner with FTG as our outsource provider of choice for programs of this kind.”