The Francois Ferreira Academy has once again been chosen to train chefs on the National Young Chefs Training Program (NYCTP), which has helped changing the lives of many young unemployed South Africans, and providing our hospitality industry with a skilled workforce.
This program is the result of a unique partnership between the National Department of Tourism (NDT) and the South African Chefs Association (SACA) to address the urgent need for chefs in our steadily growing hospitality industry. It forms part of the National Government’s Expanded Public Works Programme, an initiative to fund skills development projects and create employment.
The current programme, which rolled out in May 2015, comprises 15 students, who has already proven themselves to have the interest, drive and aptitude to work as chefs, by successfully completing prior City & Guilds international qualifications on this program. Thirteen students are enrolled for the Diploma in Food preparation and Cooking (Culinary Art), while two more, who have already successfully completed this qualification, are studying for the Diploma in Patisserie, an advanced and specialised City & Guilds qualification.
Chef Alma Oosthuizen, previously from Chef Alma’s restaurant in Sedgefield, has joined forces with us and is delighted with the standard these students have already achieved. Her personal specialisation is patisserie and she cannot stop talking about the delight on the faces of students when beautifully baked items are carefully removed from the oven.
The Academy is an accredited training provider for City & Guilds as well as Cathsseta, and we are exceptionally proud to be part of this successful uplifting program, where young people are empowered and their faces light up with the absolute joy of having achieved. We wish them the brightest culinary future possible.