Helping the youth

2017-06-15 06:01

LAST week Ugu South Coast Tourism signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Esayidi TVET College at Gamalakhe, which is intended to cement a relationship with the tertiary institution and the youth studying tourism at their campus and also expose them to more than tourism theory during their studies.

Part of our role has been to set up an on-site simulated visitor information centre so that students can undertake role play exercises in tourism information services and methods to deal with tourism and leisure related inquiries.

We will also avail ourselves to present some lectures on tourism management and share real life experiences we have in servicing tourism sector and public needs.

From time to time we will also empower students to carry our certain research projects and improve their analysis of tourism trends and consumer behaviour.

Tours of the destination and to trade shows like Tourism Indaba will be arranged for them and those with the highest potential will be afforded remunerated internships with our organisation for a period of 18 months.

Key to our assistance will be to ensure that young people from our district studying tourism are given preference with their work experience and possible placements- after all if we look after those in our area their income will help alleviate joblessness and poverty.

Tourism certainly has the ability to fast track the transition from being unemployed to being an earner and a bread winner.

Something like 60% of our population is under the age of 35 so it is critical that career paths be established for the youth to get onto. It is our submission that creation of a relationship with the TVET college is a step in the right direction and as such we look forward to their alumni making big strides in the tourism sector.

In conclusion our existing interns conclude their time with us in August so if there are enterprises seeking to employ competent young people, contact us on 039 682 7944 and we can make some recommendations for possible employment.

Have a great and fulfilling week.

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