JumpStart South Africa is an organisation that focuses on providing mentorship, training and funding opportunities to small businesses and entrepreneurs in South Africa.
Some of the Jumpstart Programmes include
- Mentorship Programme: This programme connects entrepreneurs with experienced mentors who can provide guidance and support to help them grow their businesses.
- Business Incubation Programme: This programme offers support services such as office space, networking opportunities and access to funding to early-stage businesses.
- Entrepreneurship Training Programme: This programme provides training on topics such as business planning, marketing, financial management and legal compliance to help entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses.
- Funding Opportunities: JumpStart South Africa provides access to funding opportunities such as grants and loans to help small businesses and entrepreneurs finance their growth.
- Accelerator Programme: This programme provides intensive mentoring and training to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses quickly.
Overall, JumpStart South Africa aims to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth in the country by providing support and resources to small businesses and entrepreneurs. One way this is done is through their retail frontline programme and their other Jumpstart programmes.
As stated on the JumpStart official website, their youth employment programme is aimed at recruiting unemployed youth and training them for the world of employment to enable them to “transition into meaningful careers”. Youth also become equipped with valuable life skills.
Apart from their youth employment efforts, the JumpStart group aims to make a considerable difference in South African schooling institutions through transforming “underperforming classrooms into centres of maths and science excellence” as well as providing meaningful work experience, on topics such as store management, for South African youth who are unemployed.
Although the JumpStart programme itself only offers training and development for students, the JumpStart initiative has paired up with a few retail companies to launch the JumpStart Retail Frontline Programme. Who knows, you might even become part of store management one day.
JumpStart also offers the following:
- Primary school maths tutor training
- Coding and robotics programmes
- Data and data assessment technologies to monitor learner progress, improve programme performance, support decision making and engage and provide transparency to stakeholders
- Software labs to address the gap between the computational logic of school leavers and competencies required by industry. The software engineer programme has been moved to a separate legal entity for governance purposes but remains an important part of the JumpStart vision
- Life skills training to pave the way into entering junior positions and having good work ethic
This programme, established in collaboration with the Mr. Price Foundation, is meant to prepare youth for entry-level jobs in retail stores, although they maintain that a job is not guaranteed through this programme. To be apart of this programme, the application process would go as follows:
- Apply for the Retail Frontline Programme online here
- Perform an online pre-test to test whether or not you are a good fit for retail. You would need at least 200MB of data and a laptop/computer to complete the test
- The applicant will be contacted if there is training available in their area
- Thereafter, online and in-person training as well as on-the-job training shall commence
It is also important for potential applicants to note that the programme does not charge a fee for entry.
JumpStart also runs an internship programme and those interested can head to their website for more information.