Today, 13 November 2015, a total of 232 learners from across the Eden region, graduated under the National Department of Tourism, Tourism Buddies programme. These learners were enrolled on a 12 month learner ship programme, composed of 30% theory and 70% practical training, during which learners were placed at various hospitality establishments to gain workplace training.
The ceremony took place at the George Civic Centre and started with a Stakeholders’ Breakfast, during which the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Tokozile Xasa, engaged with the media and tourism stakeholders, acknowledging Host Employers for their input into the project. A special word of thanks was given to Host Employers who absorbed learners into permanent employment.
After the briefing session, the formal graduation ceremony followed during which excited learners received their CATHSSETA accredited National Certificate in Accommodation Services NQF Level 2 and National Certificate in Food and Beverages NQF level 4.