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.

 Applications for the 2019 Jump Start Professional Retail Programme are now closed.  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

The pilot of the Professional Retail Programme placed 100% of its graduates in 2017.


programmes

Retail

There are many dynamic career opportunities found in the retail industry. The Entry Level Retail 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 18-35
  • 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 work hand-in-hand with Employment Partners to meet the need their needs 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: Labora Shoes, Celrose Clothing, Eddels Shoes.


Breaking Boundaries

Jump Start created an opportunity for Durbanite Suhail Rajah to combine his love for sports and flair for business as a foundation for his future in the retail world.

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These Shoes Were Made For Talking

Lethu opted to pursue a career in retail because of the constant challenges and excitement in the field.

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Soaring Without Wings

A Pre-Production graduate of our Jump Start Programme, Martin highlights that the intensive ten month practical and theoretical course has opened his mind and instilled a wealth of knowledge in him.

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