Skills development - young southern African women
By 18th January eighty women had arrived at the Graaff-Reinet campus of the College where they were subjected to five days of orientation before formal training started on the 28th. A week later another fourteen learners from Mozambique and Namibia arrived at the College for their year-long hospitality services training sojourn.
Among the ninety four learners accepted for hospitality training are three from Lesotho, twelve from Mozambique, three from Malawi, five from Namibia, two from Swaziland, four from Zambia and one from Zimbabwe. Ten of the Mozambican students are from the Chemucane area where they will, upon graduation, join the staff of an up-market lodge being established as part of the Chemucane Tourism Development Project.
The sixty four South Africans hail from the Eastern and Western Cape, the Free State, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Northern Cape. Learners from the latter four provinces were all recruited from rural communities adjacent to transfrontier conservation areas.
Statistics gathered on 2012 graduates indicated that by 20 March, thirty eight of eighty nine graduates were gainfully employed. This number increased when 24 of the graduates accepted internships with SANParks during April.
By 25 March the hospitality training division had covered an average of 15 to 20% of training material in respect of both core modules and generic modules. The first session of tests (two sessions per module per term) was completed with good results and all assessments done by assessors, successfully moderated.
During this time, learners attended a two-day HIV/Aids Awareness and Prevention seminar and a demonstration by Fridge Foods on the preparation of chicken dishes and the cooking techniques involved. Learners also had their first experience of preparing for and serving the public at a cheese and wine three course meal for 80 guests on 15 March.
The ETQA (Education and Training Quality Assurance) division of the Arts, Culture, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Sectoral Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) of South Africa subjected the College to a verification audit in March. Six management spheres namely Assets -, Financial -, General -, Human Resources -, Leaner- and Training Management were audited. The College achieved four Best Practice marks (the highest possible mark) and two Meet All Requirements marks.
This is the final report from the SA College for Tourism regards the “Greening a girl’s school in South Africa” project. Please look out for us in future as we launch our new project on GlobalGiving encouraging you to support the skills development and employment of unskilled, unemployed, young women from extremely poor rural communities in southern Africa.
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