9 May 2023

The Shoprite Group recently visited five schools in Canelands, KwaZulu-Natal – home to one of the retailer’s largest distribution centres – to introduce Grade 11-12 learners to its bursary and skills development programmes.

Two people sit and desk and computer filling out application form. Brian Mbonambi, from Checkers Kwadukuza, helps candidate, Thandeka Dube, to complete her application for the YES in-store workplace experience programme.

More than 1500 learners received detailed information about the Group’s comprehensive bursary programme, which supported 206 students at a cost of R16 million in the last financial year. They were also provided with stationery packs sponsored by Eyesizwe Mining Development Trust to assist them with their schoolwork.

In addition, learners were introduced to the Group’s Retail Readiness programme, an extensive retail skills and training programme which is aimed at enhancing the career options of South Africa’s unskilled and unemployed youth.

A group of youth listening to information about youth programmes at the Shoprite Group. Shoprite Graduate & Youth Recruitment Consultant, Wonga Tola, talks to learners at Verulam High School in Canelands about the Shoprite Group's bursary programme.

The Group also hosted a recruitment drive in Hazelmere, with hundreds of young people between the ages of 18 and 33 applying for an in-store workplace experience programme made available through a partnership with the Youth Employment Service (YES). The 50 successful YES learners, as well as an additional 50 Money Market Account agents, are set to start working at local Shoprite supermarkets in mid-June 2023.