Mpho Mothobi (25) now sees a bright future for herself.
She dreams of starting her own business in the accommodation industry and, after receiving her national certificate for Accommodation Services (NQF level 2), her dream can become a reality.
Mothobi was among the 115 proud young graduates who were awarded their certificates by the deputy minister of Tourism, Elizabeth Thabethe, at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre on Monday (26/03).
The Hospitality Youth Training Programme was initiated after identifying a gap in the accommodation sector throughout Galeshewe.
The programme is part of the Department of Tourism’s human resources skills development initiative that is aligned with the broad-based benefits pillar of the National Tourism Sector Strategy of 2016 to 2026.
Altogether R5 million is necessary for this 12-month programme, and it was approved by the department in the 2016-’17 financial year.
The learnership programme comprises of 30% theory and 70% practical training. Learners were placed at various hospitality establishments within the province for workplace experience.
The students received certificates accredited by the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Education Training Authority (Cathsseta).
They all completed either the national certificate for Food and Beverages (NQF level 4) or Accommodation Services (NQF level 2).
During the ceremony, Thabethe encouraged the students to be the change they want to see in the world.
“This must not be a certificate to make babies because we do not want the grant to increase because of you,” said Thabethe to the applauding audience.
Mothobi started the course in 2016 and believes it was well worth the effort. Now that she has her certificate in hand, she will start knocking at various doors until she receives funding towards her dream.
A graduate of the course in Food and Beverages, Wenzile Plaatjies (28), could not stop raving about how the qualification will change his life.
“I gained a great deal of knowledge, which gave me a different perspective on tourism,” he said.
He has already applied for a job, and was only waiting to send a copy of his certificate to the company.
Angela Moleme, the proud parent of Lazarus Moleme (26), thanked the department for lifting a heavy load off her shoulders.
This mother of four is unemployed and takes care of her other son, who is disabled, on a full-time basis. She could not afford to send Lazarus to college.
“I am so proud of Lazarus. He has worked his way up since finishing matric,” she said.
“The best part is that he never quit along the way, even though the work load was heavy.”