JumpStart is a direct response to the national challenge of youth unemployment. The JumpStart programme has a goal to positively impact the unemployment problem facing South Africa, by assisting unemployed youth between the ages of 18-35 by preparing them for the world of work. The lack of experiential training as well as personal conduct within the workplace are significant barriers the youth of South Africa face in trying to find employment.

Jumpstart Retail

The improved employability of a JumpStart candidate is achieved by their participation in a LifeSkills programme which focusses on character development and work ethic. This part of the programme is run by Non-Profit organisations with whom we partner to deliver a vital step in the progression towards employment.

The second and final part of the development journey is that of a week-long work experience opportunity within one of the MRP Divisions, ie MRP, MRP HOME and or MRP SPORT. It is during this week that the candidate really learns about life in retail and is tested to ensure that they not only understand their roles but that they can perform at the required level required by a retail employer.

MRP Foundation has partnered with other retail companies to improve the opportunity for employment for those candidates who show potential during completing this JumpStart programme.

More than 10,000 young unemployed matriculants have completed this training and over 4,000 JumpStart graduates have received job placements between 2012 and 2015.

Please note that all Jumpstart applicants must be aged between 18 and 35 years old, be a South African citizen and hold a matric certificate.


Area Contact Cell Email
KwaZulu-Natal Liesa Rollin 0742317866 jskzn@catalyx.biz
Johannesburg, Northern Cape Calvin Gideon 0617621122 jsgautengmanager@catalyx.biz
Pretoria, Limpopo, North West and Bloemfontein Blessing Mabuto 0617681122 jsgauteng@catalyx.biz
Western Cape Sally do Nascimento 0617671122 jswc@catalyx.biz
Eastern Cape Vuyani Majola 0617661122 jsec@catalyx.biz
Mpumulanga Cherzelle Gabriel 0633738312 jsmpu@catalyx.org

Jumpstart Manufacturing

JumpStart Manufacturing is a programme that aims to facilitate the development of scarce skills in the manufacturing and textile sector, by training unemployed youth to be multi-skilled machine operators and gain comprehensive knowledge of production in pre-production skills. In addition, this programme aims to make MRP’s value chain more sustainable through strategic supplier development, growing the clothing and footwear manufacturing ability to compete with international manufactures.The programme is not only of strategic importance to MRPG, but is another opportunity created to reduce unemployment by growing this sector and manufacturing within South Africa.