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With the Changing Lanes Programme, Domino's Pizza source previously disadvantaged and unemployed individuals as employees for its newly launched stores, literally hundreds of young South Africans now enjoy stable jobs and have promising career prospects for the future.
In many cases, the opening of a new Taste franchise store provides people with their first job. In addition, they gain portable skills through the skills training they receive in our outlets.
Taste's five-day "Changing Lanes Life Skills and Job Readiness programme", implemented by Khulisa, includes modules specific to working within the QSR industry, such as the acts that govern the industry as well as a practical overview of what it is really like to work in a Quick Service Restaurant on a day-to-day basis. These modules demonstrate to candidates what will be expected of them and help them to assess whether they are suitable recruits for the industry.
Following this programme, a Domino's Pizza representative is introduced to the candidates in their community environment, to give the potential employer an opportunity to gain an understanding of where the candidates live and of the environmental circumstances that may at times impact on their ability to perform – notably transport issues. This has proved to be a successful retention strategy.
After this introduction between the identified and trained candidates and the employer, the successful candidates begin work at a Domino's Pizza store.
After each programme 30 people are employed and undergo five weeks of Domino's training for which they are remunerated.
Starbucks drives skills and community development
Our team selected for the Starbucks launch was sent to the United Kingdom for between two and three months of intensive training. A full service Starbucks store was built at Taste's head office to be the initial training facility. Using Starbucks as a force for good, we are committed to integrate three streams of employees in our stores: Experienced baristas and managers from within the industry are recruited to provide coffee leadership, as well as mentors to other partners. We also look to recruit students, who can earn an income while studying by working a restricted but flexible number of hours per week. This assists students to pay for their studies and we benefit through the intellectual capital that university students bring to any business. In the third category, our "Changing Lanes" programme seeks our promising candidates young who are either currently unemployed or are school leavers, but live in the areas where stores are based. These young people undergo intensive training and mentoring by experienced staffers so that they are enabled to create coffee industry careers for themselves.
Just Footprints is an organisation that has great heart and a true desire to add positively to the lives of vulnerable children and we are proud to be associated with them.
Our corporate social responsibility programme focuses on establishing social infrastructure and supporting children suffering from life-threatening diseases and life challenges.
We contribute through the Just Footprints Foundation, which is a registered non-profit organisation founded in 2008 with the aim of meeting the need for a unique, safe and secure outdoor camping experience for children with serious health and life challenges.
"Camp Footprints" provides opportunities for these special children to participate in an amazing life-changing adventure, to learn new skills through intentional programming to develop confidence and enhance their self-esteem in a safe and nurturing "fun" camp environment. Our campers are encouraged to be fearless, to escape, fantasize and be joyful kids once again.
Changing schools can be a traumatising experience, but when you are forced to change schools because your family had to flee their home, and country is even more extreme. One school has opened its doors to refugee children, helping them ease into the South African schooling system.
Since 2008, Sacred Heart College in Observatory, Johannesburg has operated an educational programme for refugee children.
The school, called Three2Six, is a bridging programme for refugee children who have difficulties with registering with South African schools either because the families are unable to pay school fees and other related expenses to get their children into schools or the parents do not have all the documents needed.
Just Footprints heard about this wonderful programme and through the Taste Holdings brands were able to do two camps in early December 2015. Christmas came early for 50 campers in grades 1 and 2 and then 72 campers from grades 3, 4 and 5. The programme included sports, swimming and going on daily game drives. The highlight for both camps was a visit from Father Christmas and the team from Taste joining them and preparing lunch and joining in their activities.
These camps had a wonderful message that was spread through international borders and schools throughout South Africa. From volunteers representing Australia, Germany to grade 11 students from various schools in Gauteng. Our message was clear language is not a barrier but working in unity ensured our campers had an amazing experience filled with laughter, fun, summer holidays and new friends.
During the period under review, the Taste Food and Jewellery divisions contributed to various social initiatives such as:
• Just Footprints Foundation
• 67-minutes for Mandela Day
• TLC Old Aged Home Dinokeng, Hammanskraal
• Frida Hartley Shelter for abused women and children