JumpStart Your Talent Pipeline


Professional Retail Programme graduates taking a short break during their course.

Professional Retail Programme graduates taking a short break during their course.

JumpStart matches work-ready talent to employers in the retail value chain

  • JumpStart is a nationwide, high-impact work readiness programme for unemployed youth aged 18 – 34 years old. 

  • The skills development programme assists South African retailers with recruitment solutions spanning across the retail value chain.  

  • The JumpStart Retail Frontline Programme has been recognised by the African Union Development Agency – NEPAD (AUDA-NEPAD) for ‘good’ practice*. 


JumpStart prepares unemployed youth for the working world, empowering them to add value in the workplace from day one. Established in 2005 to address the needs of retailers to recruit talent for entry-level positions in their stores, JumpStart has expanded to include diverse programmes that span across the retail value chain.

Designed by industry for industry, the strategically beneficial programmes help address critical skills gaps such as retail buying, retail planning and operations. JumpStart works directly with employer partners to ensure programmes train for their unique needs while ensuring youth receive high-quality development and real-world work experience.

For the past 16 years, talent has been sourced, developed and matched to the Mr Price, Mr Price Home and Mr Price Sport, Sheet Street, Milady’s. Extending beyond the Mr Price Group, one such success story is JumpStart’s partnership with The SPAR Group. Not only does JumpStart train for entry level positions in their stores, but in the past has trained youth to become bakers and confectioners, a need unique to their business.

With businesses facing many obstacles to finding capable and motivated talent matched to their needs, JumpStart offers a programme that benefits both unemployed youth and the requirements of your business.

Click here to find out more about how JumpStart can add value to your business.


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