Youth Education and Unemployment

Hospitality sector addresses youth education and unemployment


According to Statistics South Africa’s recently published report titled ‘The Social Profile of Youth, 2009 – 2014’, youngsters without a matric are most likely to remain unemployed, with this figure remaining consistently at 57% over the five-year period under review. Moreover, the number of unemployed people with a matric stayed at 38%.

To help equip young South Africans not only with education but also employment, the Academic College of South Africa, managed by Premier Hotels & Resorts, offers training in the hospitality industry as well as jobs for students who have excelled during their studies and practicals.

“The hospitality industry is dynamic, fast growing and global. It includes many role-players such as restaurants, hotels, game lodges, holiday resorts, airlines, cruise liners, information centres, heritage and cultural attractions, conference venues, tourism services and so much more. These hold an abundance of career opportunities but skills in South Africa are sorely lacking. The College was established to address the dire need for a competent and skilled workforce within the hospitality industry,” explains Chief Operating Officer of Premier Hotels & Resorts, Sigal Geva.

On application, students are provided with career guidance in order to assist them in finding out more about themselves, their aspirations and the career paths within the industry best suited to them.

As the College is an accredited training institution of the Culture Art Tourism Hospitality and Sports Sector Education and Training Authority (Cathsseta), it affords students opportunities to attain nationally recognised qualifications (including matric and higher education equivalents) in a variety of areas. These range from a certificate in Accommodation Services to a Diploma in Food and Beverage Management.

In addition to classroom theory, practical work experience is provided at Premier properties in the Eastern Cape such as Premier Hotel King David, Premier Hotel Regent, Premier Hotel EL ICC, East London International Convention Centre and Mpongo Private Game Reserve. “This ensures highly competent and experienced graduates,” says Geva.

The College plans to expand our offering nationally through the utilisation of conference rooms throughout the Premier Hotels & Resorts group for focussed block training when we applications are received.

“It is our aim to be a world-class institution, developing and providing innovative leaders, skills and knowledge to the South African hospitality industry in particular and the economy in general,” concludes Geva.

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