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Empowering Youth through FoodForward SA’s Supply Chain Internship

To address youth unemployment, while steadily removing the huge barrier to entry for underprivileged youth, FoodForward SA, with the support of Woolworths and the Industrial Development Corporation, set up a SETA accredited supply chain internship for unemployed youth, focusing on warehousing, stock management, and logistics. The six-month programme comprises 70% practical and 30% academic training.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Cohorts 7, 8, 9, and 10 who will be completing their training at the respective FoodForward SA branches. We wish you all well.

Cape Town Interns: Jayden Williams, Azile Mboza, Luvo Tiyo, Sinethemba Daka and Noncedo Xalisa

Durban Interns: Siyanda Ntuli, Mlondi Zuma, Nolethu Hlatswayo, Siphokuhle Ndlovu and Mziwenhlanhla Ngubane

Rustenburg and Joburg Interns: Clifford Tshelane, Siphamandla Msibi, Michael Molato, Dineo Ngoako, Kulani Mathebula, Sontaga Masupa and Itumeleng Phir

Our young food heroes in training will cover relevant topics such as workplace readiness, food safety, managing self-development, and communication in Module 1. Modules 2 to 4 explore deeper into business principles, occupational health issues, documentation handling, and topics specific to warehousing and logistics.

Since the programme’s inception in May 2019, we are incredibly proud to share that our Youth Internship has a 100% completion rate. Although the youth unemployment rate decreased slightly in the first quarter of 2022, the youth in South Africa still remain the most vulnerable in the labour market with unemployment at an alarming 47.8% (broader definition). FoodForward SA aims to ensure that we help reduce unemployment and that all interns who have successfully completed the programme, are employed.

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