Train­ing pro­gramme boosts tourism sec­tor

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

Shaun Mashim­bye (29) is one step closer to ful­fill­ing his dream of own­ing a lodge and con­tribut­ing to South Africa’s tourism econ­omy.

This was after he grad­u­ated from a 12 month pro­gramme of­fered by the Cul­ture, Arts, Tourism, Hos­pi­tal­ity and Sport Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Author­ity’s (CATHSSETA) Hos­pi­tal­ity Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme.

Mashim­bye was one of the 117 youth from the North­ern Cape to re­ceive an ac­cred­ited na­tional cer­tifi­cate in food and bev­er­ages as re­sult of tak­ing part in the pro­gramme, which was spon­sored by the Depart­ment of Tourism un­der the Ex­panded Pub­lic Works Pro­gramme.

“I am so grate­ful for be­ing part of the pro­gramme. I feel for­tu­nate to have learnt so much about the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try and how I can con­trib­ute to the coun­try’s econ­omy, by start­ing my own tourism-re­lated busi­ness. After grad­u­at­ing, I know that I am one step closer to one day run­ning my own lodge,” says Mashim­bye.

Shortly after grad­u­at­ing Mashim­bye found a job at the In­ter­nal In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion, which spe­cialises in event man­age­ment and con­fer­enc­ing.

Speak­ing at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held at the Mit­tah Seperepere In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Kim­ber­ley re­cently, the Deputy Min­is­ter of Tourism, El­iz­a­beth Tha­bethe ap­plauded the learn­ers on their achieve­ments and en­cour­aged them to utilise their qual­i­fi­ca­tion to ad­vance them­selves and con­trib­ute to eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion.

In his State of the Na­tion Ad­dress Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa said 2018 is a year of re­newal and high ex­pec­ta­tions for the tourism sec­tor.

He tasked the Depart­ment of Tourism to grow the tourism mar­ket and to dou­ble the num­ber of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sec­tor, with a spe­cial fo­cus on skills de­vel­op­ment.

“Since 2011 our skills de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes have ca­pac­i­tated over 2500 young South Africans in the tourism value chain. This has cre­ated over 60 per­cent em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties do­mes­ti­cally and abroad.”

“I ap­plaud your ef­forts in achiev­ing your CATHSSETA-ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tion. I urge you to con­sider ad­vanc­ing your­selves be­yond this point to be the fu­ture em­ploy­ment cre­ators in our sec­tor,” Deputy Min­is­ter Tha­bethe said.

The Hos­pi­tal­ity Youth Train­ing Pro­gramme is com­prised of 30 per­cent the­ory and 70 per­cent prac­ti­cal train­ing and learn­ers were af­forded an op­por­tu­nity to gain work­place ex­pe­ri­ence at var­i­ous hos­pi­tal­ity es­tab­lish­ments in the province.

Fif­teen learn­ers now have per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment and the rest are on fixed-term con­tracts.

Deputy Min­is­ter Tha­bethe com­mended the sup­port­ive role played by the hos­pi­tal­ity in­dus­try in en­sur­ing that the train­ing pro­gramme was a suc­cess.

“The suc­cess of this train­ing pro­gramme is shared with in­dus­try stake­hold­ers who part­nered with us to pro­vide in­house prac­ti­cal train­ing for the

GOVERN­MENT is de­ter­mined to grow the tourism sec­tor and to dou­ble the num­ber of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth.

learn­ers. To them I say thank you for ral­ly­ing be­hind this ini­tia­tive, and for up­skilling the tourism ambassadors that are grad­u­at­ing,” the Deputy Min­is­ter said.

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