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Skills development programme set to empower over 12 000 youths

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This youth month Shoprite Group will reach its target of empowering more than12 000 youths aged between 18-29 years to enter the retail sector or start their own business, the retail group announced in their official website on Monday.

Shoprite Group’s Retail Readiness programme was launched in February 2016.

Following the successful completion of an 8-week training programme, participants receive an NQF-level 3 qualification.

The group said since the programme’s inception, they have employed 8 688 young people in Shoprite or Checkers stores.

The current training block will end on 22 June.

The group expects next one to kick off in July 2018 and applications are still open.

South Africans with matric can apply for the programme at our recruitment hubs in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, said Moga Pillay, the Group’s spokesperson on skills development

“This programme is a direct challenge to the crippling effects of youth unemployment. More than half of young South Africans are unemployed. It also enables us to improve on the quality of recruits filling vacancies at our stores, since those who have completed the programme have good understanding of how our business works and the factors that influence our profitability,” said Moga Pillay

Pillay said those who get employment into the Group’s workforce have the basic skills to start their own business or to get jobs elsewhere in the retail sector.

The blue-chip store provides participants of the programme with the basic business principles to understand the financial, legal and business requirements of setting up and running a small to medium enterprise including a  large retailer.

Participants undergo three weeks of the theory and five weeks of in-store training in various departments like the deli, bakery, and fruit and vegetables.

The retail group pays participants a stipend during their time in the store.

Students from the Retail Readiness programme receive practical in-store training

Shoprite’s implementation partner is OMNI HR Consulting, which not only presents the classes (in the first three weeks), but also ensures that a workplace coach is on-hand during in-store training.

Sarine Masibi (23) completed the programme in July last year. Since her appointment at Shoprite Rustenburg, she rose through the ranks and is building her skills as a trainee manager.

“The divisional manager noticed my work ethic and suggest I sit for the trainee manager’s test. I passed, and that’s how my current journey started,” said Sarine Masibi, trainee manager at Shoprite Rustenburg

Masibi completed the Shoprite Group’s Retail Readiness programme in July last year.

Since her appointment at Shoprite Rustenburg, she rose through the ranks and is building her skills as a trainee manager.

She urges all unemployed youths to enroll in the programme.

“There’s nothing special about me. I was just willing to make the sacrifices and look where I am today. I don’t spend a lot of time with my friends and family, but that’s what I need to do for now. I’m doing this for my son, who I want to have a better life than I had. Every day presents new challenges, but it’s been a fantastic experience so far,” she added.

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply for this opportunity, dial *120*446# and follow the prompts (network rates apply) or visit www.shoprite.jobs.

At present, this training opportunity is only available in Gauteng and the Western Cape.

 

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