Learners learn more about hospitality

2019-09-03 06:01
Sunderland Primary School and their teachers found the career expo informative and relevant to a chapter they are currently busy with in the life orientation subject. With the learners are Capt HD Heydenrych (left) and Madeleen Remic (right). PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Sunderland Primary School and their teachers found the career expo informative and relevant to a chapter they are currently busy with in the life orientation subject. With the learners are Capt HD Heydenrych (left) and Madeleen Remic (right). PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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A group of female learners from Sunderland Primary School got a glimpse of what the hospitality industry has to offer, last week.

The learners visited The Queen Victoria Hotel at the V&A Waterfront on Wednesday 29 August to learn more about the opportunities available to them.

The visit was organised by the Table Bay Harbour police in partnership with their Kensington counterparts.

Staff shared their stories with the 25 visiting learners and explained how they entered the industry and climbed the ladder.

Madeleen Remic, resident manager at the hotel, said they could not turn a blind eye when Table Bay police station commander, Capt HD Heydenrych approached them with the idea. She said the request was in line with their Women’s Month celebrations and was pleased with learners’ curiosity.

“We asked them about their knowledge of the jobs and anything else they liked in the hotel and they said they were impressed with the staff uniforms.

“But it is not just about the uniform or the looks or being a chef; hotels do need financial officers, human resource officers and many other skills.”

Remic told the learners about the industry’s growth opportunities. She said some people joined the hotel as cleaners and later became departmental managers.

Learner, Keisha Adams described the event as an eye-opener for her. She said she thought hotels only needed cleaners, chefs and security staff.

Fellow learner, Nabeaweya Ely said she learned a lot and thanked the organisers for the opportunity.

Speaking on behalf of the organisers, spokesperson for Kensington police, Sgt Angeline Grill, the career day was part of the station’s continuous contribution to its communities, and uplifting the less privileged.

Grill said since their community has been under the scourge of gang violence they wanted to give leaners a new experience; taking them to where they could relax.

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