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JumpStart Retail
Skills Programmes

Putting youth on the fast-track to retail careers

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We’re breaking barriers with our leading retail skills programmes

Youth have the highest unemployment of all age groups in South Africa: 62.1% of youth aged 15 to 24 do not have jobs*. Our JumpStart programme is taking urgent action, equipping unemployed youth with sought-after retail and manufacturing skills to help unlock career potential. South Africa’s youth are resilient and filled with potential – and inspire us to do everything we can to build a better future for our nation.

*Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarter 1: 2023

Mr. Price Foundation will never ask you to pay to apply for the JumpStart programme. Please do not respond to scams asking for any form of payment

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Power up your retail skills with JumpStart

JumpStart skills development programmes are designed to unlock opportunities for unemployed youth in the retail and
manufacturing value chain. These programmes are run in partnership with our awesome employer partners,
including Mr Price Group businesses and the SPAR Group.

Training on demand

JumpStart programmes equip youth with key skills for entry level to management positions in the retail and manufacturing value chains. Programmes are ever-evolving to ensure they match industry demand.

Skills training

JumpStart programmes blend industry-specific theory with life skills and work experience to ensure youth are genuinely prepared for the working world.

Talent pipeline

Suitable candidates enter a talent pipeline for our employer partners. Employment is not guaranteed, but JumpStart works closely with our partners to connect youth to opportunities.

Programme impact

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Our Footprint
JumpStart provides training on demand, to youth across South Africa.

JumpStart training takes place in major South African cities, including Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The training feeds youth into the retail value chain. The Professional Manufacturing Programme and Production Programme are geared for graduates and feed into the supply chain. Programmes for matriculants feed into the retail sector and include: Retail Frontline Programme, Retail Sales Programme, Warehousing Basics Programme, Retails Essentials Programme and Professional Retail Programme. Training is area specific and is switched on and off according to demand from our industry partners.

 

Become a
JumpStarter

Join JumpStart and power up your prospects in the retail world.

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a partner

Contact us to explore opportunities in our JumpStart work-readiness programme.

Pick your path to become a JumpStarter

JumpStart your retail dream

The JumpStart Retail Frontline Programme (RFP) is designed to unlock opportunities for matriculated youth to entry level positions in retail. This two-week skills development course is composed of an online life skills course, in-person training and interviews, and one week of hands-on work experience in a retail environment. This work readiness programme gives youth the opportunity to become more specialised and more employable.

Is the Retail Sales Programme for you?

If you’re friendly, well-spoken and passionate about retail, the JumpStart Retail Sales Programme could a match for you. This is a highly energetic training experience for customer-facing positions. Suitable candidates will be selected via a survey and telephone screening. Training incorporates life skills, sales theory and role play, as well as in-store work experience. Training is held in Durban, Cape Town, Johannesburg and
Pretoria between March and October 2023.

Take the survey and see if you’re a match.

Explore your retail niche

The JumpStart Retail Essentials Programme is a six-month blended learning course that combines theory and work experience for more specialised retail roles. Interns gain introductory knowledge and skills to function in a retail organisation.

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Get work-ready for warehousing

The JumpStart Warehousing Basics Programme shapes candidates for entry-level positions in warehousing. This two-week course is composed of an online life skills course, in-person training and interviews, and one week of hands-on work experience in a warehouse environment.

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Become a whizz on the sewing machine

The JumpStart Production Programme is a six-month course in critical production and manufacturing skills, and workplace ethics. This course produces footwear manufacturers or multi-skilled sewing machinists for industries such as footwear, clothing and home textiles.

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Your professional retail career starts here
What is the programme? Designed by retailers, the Professional Retail Programme builds merchants of the future. A nine-month graduate internship, it equips graduates for junior positions in buying, planning and store management. Graduates learn the key roles and responsibilities of the retail value chain; and how these add value to business and consumers. The internship is delivered through a cloud-based learning platform and a combination of classroom, self-study and group project work, along with six months of hands-on work experience in selected retail environments.
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Your professional manufacturing journey starts here
The Professional Manufacturing Programme is a nine-month practical and theoretical course designed by retailers to develop well-rounded merchants and traders. The internship is delivered through a cloud-based learning platform and a combination of classroom, self-study and group project work, along with hands-on work experience in a local manufacturing firm.
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JumpStarters

Our youth are the future! They are resilient, enterprising and determined to build a better life. Support JumpStart today and propel youth along the path from unemployment to opportunity!

Become a partner

JumpStart has developed over 23 800 youth from 2018 to 2022. Our employer partners benefit by tapping into this incredible talent pipeline for their staffing requirements.

What are the benefits of JumpStart?
  • Pre-vetted candidates
  • Tailored, fit-for-purpose training
  • Relevant work experience
Become a partner

JumpStart has developed over 23 800 youth from 2018 to 2022. Our employer partners benefit by tapping into this incredible talent pipeline for their staffing requirements.

What are the benefits of JumpStart?
  • Pre-vetted candidates
  • Tailored, fit-for-purpose training
  • Relevant work experience
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Answers to the most frequently asked
questions about JumpStart

The JumpStart programme takes place around South Africa. Training is area specific and depends on demand from industry.

The JumpStart programme does not offer jobs but equips youth to be workplace ready. We are not a recruitment agency and do not guarantee employment; we do not charge application or other fees and do not advertise jobs for Mr Price Group. Please be aware of scams claiming to originate from Mr Price Foundation asking for payment.

No, Mr Price Foundation does not charge fees to apply for any of its programmes or to undertake any tests. Please do not fall victim to scams requesting fees of any nature.

All JumpStart retail programmes begin with a life skills course. It includes the following modules: personal development, self-esteem, emotional development, healing of the past, vision and goal setting, communication, conflict resolution, work ethic and time management, basic HR principles, personal health and job prep.

For the online life skills course, candidates must have access to data and a computer or smartphone.

Contact your Regional Coordinator. Their details will be on your candidate letter you signed prior to your work experience.

Contact your Regional Coordinator with your new contact details. Their contact details are on the candidate letter you signed prior to your work experience.

No, applicants may only apply for one JumpStart programme so please pick your programme carefully before applying. If you have applied for the wrong programme, email [email protected] to resolve.

Remember, the programme does not guarantee a job but offers a ‘jump start’ into the working world by providing work experience. It’s up to you to find a job. If you have not been contacted within six months, please contact your Regional Coordinator.

Interviews are handled by the regions so please make contact with your Regional Coordinator. Alternatively, you can send us your details for our team to make contact. Please send: name, surname, contact number and the province you live in.

If you’ve forgotten your login details for your JumpStart profile, WhatsApp your first name, last name and ID number to 076 8879336

If you’ve forgotten your password for your JumpStart application profile, reset it online at https://www.rbslearning.co.za/ using the email address you registered with.

No, JumpStart does not provide sponsorships. Please see Mr Price Foundation’s donation request application page.

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