Shoprite launched its Retail Readiness programme in February 2016, with a view to making a dent in South Africa’s youth unemployment numbers, as well as training up its future staff. The programme comprises an eight week course in the basics of retail and equips graduates, who receive an NQF-level 3 qualification, for a future either within the Group or without – perhaps even in their own independent retail business. Since inception, 8,688 young people have been employed by the Group, putting the Big Red One on the way to achieve its goal of 12,000. The course includes three weeks of theory in basic business principles providing participants with an understanding of the financial, legal and business requirements of setting up and running a small to medium enterprise in conjunction with a large retailer, and then they go on to work in various departments for five weeks, including produce, butchery and the deli.
Comment: Worthy stuff, with the beginnings of a pool of franchise partners should Shoprite ever need one.