Learners cut the grade with skills

2017-07-20 06:00
The learners who made the cut, with mentors, principal Victor Mguqulwa and trainer Eric Bingo.  PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

The learners who made the cut, with mentors, principal Victor Mguqulwa and trainer Eric Bingo. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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Learners from Iziko Restaurant and cooking school are ready to take on the culinary world armed with the right ingredients.

On Thursday, 15 young men and women, graduated from the theory class, with some having started their in-service training at various hospitality establishments.

According to the trainer at the school Eric Bingo, this is part of their effort to solve two problems: up skilling the youth and fighting unemployment in the community.

“This is to empower these guys to go and work in any establishment and be competent. However we do not just train them, we train them and then place them in various hotels and other establishments.

We have been doing this for more than 20 years and to date we have not had any complaints of learners not being up to the challenge,” said Bingo.

Bingo said that the group of learners are exposed to six months of rigorous training and then spend another six months in the working environment.

He said that the school partnered with institutions such as the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Grace Hotel and Sky Chef.

“We teach them western foods, the food that most hotels, restaurants and guest houses cook. We also teach them African traditional foods. But this group is very lucky in that we have had chefs who have come and taught them Italian foods and there was also a wine course so this guys are the most skilled group yet,” he said.

He said that the group has also been trained well enough that if they saw fit they can venture into entrepreneurship.

“The food business is big in the township and if they want they have the skills to start their own businesses making food,” he said.

School principal Victor Mguqulwa said that they are happy with the outgoing group and hope that the new recruits are just as good.

“We have already placed 90% of them in the workplace and we are working hard to get the others as well.

We are very happy to see young men taking culinary work as a career. Some still believe its woman’s job to be in the kitchen. Men they must not be shy to try,” he said.

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