our mission

unlocking career potential

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. The 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. The Jump Start Programme has been considered best practice for skills development and youth employment on the African continent by Nepad.

Jump Start Retail Frontline Programme applications are closed and will re-open in March 2020. Stores are very busy during the festive period. This means the work experience part of our programmes is unable to run in the stores during this period. ‚Äč 

Applications for the 2020 intake of the Jump Start Professional Retail Programme are closed. Thank you to everyone who applied - we had an overwhelming response of almost 2000 applications! If you do not hear from us via email by November 15 then your application was not successful.

*Placement or employment is not guaranteed.

placements

 30,063 youth have been trained with 13,664 placed in jobs in retail and supply chain (2007 - 2018).

investment

We've invested over R72,000,000 into our skills development programmes (2007 - 2017).

impact

5,971 youth partcipated in Jump Start programmes in F2019.


programmes

Retail

There are many dynamic career opportunities found in the retail industry. The Retail Frontline Programme trains for junior positions in stores, sales and distribution centres. The Professional Retail Programme is an internship for graduates to expose them to the Retail Whole Value Chain and develop their professional retail skills for careers in buying, planning, operations and store management

Supply Chain

These programmes develop skills for employment in Clothing, Footwear and Textile manufacturers. The Production Programme develops unemployed matriculants as multi-skilled machine operators, while meeting increased local demand for quick response garments. The Pre-Production Programme develops clothing and fashion graduates in pre-production elements — design, costing, pattern making and planning — and offers workplace experience in a local firm.  

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 18-33
  • South African Citizen

Programme based in KZN

retail

retail frontline

Minimum Requirements:

  • Matric
  • Age 18-33
  • 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


employer partners

We work hand-in-hand with Employer Partners to meet their need of suitable Jump Start candidates, while offering Jump Starters a tangible career start. Our Retail Employment Partners are: SPAR, Mr Price Group Limited, Miladays, MRP, MRP Home, MRP SPORT, Sheet Street. Our Supply Chain Partners are: Luck Bean, Alley Cat, Oh Two Clothing, Powerhouse, Up Way.
 


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