Hospitality interns learn to cook up a storm

A group of 38 Cape Town interns are getting skills training that could have them cooking up a storm, putting their best foot forward as front-desk staff or concierges, or marketing the city to tourists.

The latest group of interns to get skills and life training as part of the City of Cape Town’s and FEDHASA Cape’s training and work experience programme

The interns are participating in a capacity-building workshop to equip them with both life skills and vocational skills to work in hospitality.

The skills training is part of an agreement between the City of Cape Town and FEDHASA Cape that began in 2016 with a pilot project that saw 20 young people being placed with FEDHASA members to gain practical work experience. To date, 58 candidates have benefitted from the partnership.

Participants go through a rigorous training programme designed to give them a foot in the door for job opportunities in the hospitality sector.

FEDHASA Cape and their partners give the interns on-the-job training and work experience. Host employers are drawn from across the hospitality industry. Previous participants have been trained in a range of businesses from hotels, lodges and beauty spas to conference venues, restaurants and fast-food outlets.

The skills programme also focusses on wellness and trains participants on personal development, personal branding and communication, among a host of other areas to ensure the interns are well-rounded individuals upon completion of the programme.

‘I cannot overstate the importance that such partnerships are to young people directly. Too many youth are unemployed, sitting idle and unsure of which career path to follow. Tertiary institutions are not the only places of higher learning that are available to them. Such training programmes prepare them for the world of work and this is something they should strongly consider as their future endeavour. All that’s needed for this particular training programme is a matric certificate,’ said Alderman Grant Twigg, the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management.

Alderman Twigg, together with Councillor Willie Jaftha, Chairperson of the Urban Management Portfolio Committee, checked in with the interns to talk about aspects of their wellness.

‘We have often said that government alone cannot create jobs. Therefore, such partnerships with the private sector are crucial to tackling youth unemployment,’ added Alderman Twigg.

‘Such initiatives support our youth who sometimes lose hope of achieving success in life. Therefore, the City negotiates and enters into these agreements to give our youth a boost and present them with the career options at their disposal.

Although these options may not always be the first choice for youth it can certainly be to their advantage as it makes them more employable,’ said Alderman Twigg during his motivational address to the group of interns.

‘This is a huge opportunity for you as youth, and one must never take any opportunity for granted. You must jump up, take it and work hard to achieve success in life,’ said Councillor Jaftha.