Chance of a lifetime for youths
ABOUT 200 North West youths who are interested in working in the hospitality and tourism industry are being given a chance to gain experience overseas.
The programme was unveiled at Cookes Lake in Mahikeng by MEC for tourism and economic development Motlalepule Rosho together with the Ubuntu Institute.
The Ubuntu International Job Placement Programme is an initiative of the Ubuntu Institute. Unemployed graduates from previously disadvantaged communities will spend six to 12 months on the internship programme overseas.
Ubuntu Institute founding chief executive Prince Cedza Dlamini says the internships provide much-needed working experience at world-class five-star resorts where they will earn about R20,000 a month.
He says participants will be able to return home and kick-start their careers at a higher level.
This job placement programme is funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa Jobs Fund at a cost of R46-million.
Rosho said the objective of the fund was to assist government to create five million jobs by 2020.
She said the programme in South Africa was facilitating international jobs, internships, learnerships, short leadership development programmes and graduate skills development programmes in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
"The objective and focus of this launch is the creation of job placement opportunities targeting young people in South Africa within the hospitality and tourism sector.
"The sector is widely regarded as a key driver of economic growth, job creation, poverty alleviation and community upliftment," Rosho said.
Positions are also available in the information and communications technology, mining, agriculture, engineering, marketing, legal and financial services sectors.
Key partners include the national Department of Tourism, the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa and the South African Graduates Development Association.
One of the beneficiaries, Tsholofelo Modise, 21, said she would use her experience to develop the hospitality industry in North West.
"My dad and mom were good cooks, so I learnt that from them. This is a lifetime experience for me," she said.
Modise will be doing professional cookery.