our mission

skills development

Jump Start is an exciting work readiness programme that develops the skills of unemployed young people and links them to career opportunities in the retail sector and the supply chain. Young job seekers face many challenges to becoming employable including lack of on-the-job training and South Africa’s high youth unemployment rate. MRP Foundation’s skills development programme aims to bridge the gap between school and the world of work by providing school-leavers between the ages of 18-33 with life skills and experiential training to help them enter the job market more prepared.

Unemployed youth seeking careers in the retail industry please click here.
Placement or employment is not guaranteed.

placements

In the Entry Level Retail Programme 28,010 youth have been trained  with 12,714 placed in jobs (2014 - 2017).

investment

We've invested over 15 Million Rand into skills development since our inception.

impact

The Production Programme generated R6 of value for every R1 invested (2016).


programmes

Retail

We aim to equip youth for the many dynamic career opportunities found in the retail industry. The Entry Level Programme trains for starter positions in stores, sales, distribution centres and financial services. The Professional Retail Programme is an intensive internship for graduates, giving them the opportunity to learn professional retail skills for buying, planning, operations management development and store management.

Supply Chain

Our Supply Chain Programmes develop the skills of young career seekers, teaching them about the retail production environment for industries such as footwear, clothing and home textiles. The Pre-Production programme is both practical and theoretical and covers everything from pattern-making, designing, costing, merchandising to planning for production. The Production Programme is a practical course for becoming a multi-skilled machine operator.  

supply chain

pre-production

Minimum Requirements:

  • Degree or Diploma in Fashion Design or Clothing Management
  • Ages 18-33 years
  • South African Citizen

Programme based in Durban

production

Minimum Requirements:

  • Matric
  • Age 18-35
  • South African Citizen

Programme based in KZN

retail

entry level

Minimum Requirements:

  • Matric
  • Age 18-35
  • South African Citizen

Programme active nationally

professional retail

Minimum Requirements:

  • Degree in Bcom, Business Management or Diploma in Retail Business Management
  • Ages 18-33 years
  • South African Citizen

Programme based in Durban


employment partners

We see great value in partnering with national retailers to prepare youth for the working world and link them to potential career opportunities.

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