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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

South Africa’s youth are resilient and filled with potential – yet they have the highest unemployment of all age groups. Over 62% 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.

 

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.

 

*Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey Quarter 1: 2023

 

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JumpStart Programmes for Matriculants

It’s your future, choose carefully! For youth with a Matric pass, JumpStart offers five training programmes
designed to open doors to entry-level positions.

* Please note that you will not be able to apply for more than one programme.

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Retail Frontline Programme
Entry-level retail
employment readiness
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Retail Sales Programme
Retail sales employment readiness
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Retail Essentials Programme
Specialised retail
employment readiness
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Warehousing Basics Programme
Entry-level warehousing
employment readiness
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Production Programme
Production & manufacturing
employment readiness
JumpStart Programmes for Graduates

For tertiary graduates, two professional training programmes are designed to transfer key industry 
know-how and boost career prospects.

* Please note that you will not be able to apply for more than one programme.

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Professional Retail
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Professional retail
employment readiness
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Professional Manufacturing Programme
Production & manufacturing
employment readiness
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. Training is area specific and depends on demand from industry.

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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 an employer partner

JumpStart has developed over 23 800 youth from 2018 to 2023. 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
Our partners
FAQs
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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