The North West Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism has created an opportunity for eligible unemployed youth graduates to be part of the North West Tourism and Hospitality Placement Programme for 2022/23. Through this programme, 91 unemployed youth were allocated work opportunities and placement at tourism establishments across all districts of the province.
The North West Tourism and Hospitality placement programme is a project under the auspices of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) and aims to provide work opportunities for unemployed youth in the tourism and hospitality sector, through established host companies within the province. Host companies include accommodation establishments such as guest houses, bed and breakfasts, hotels, lodges, resorts, conference centres, attractions, recreational establishments, tour operators and travel agents. The Tourism and Hospitality placement project further assists unemployed graduates with skills development and work experience, and provide the tourism industry with temporary subsidised labour. Successful youth were placed at various participating tourism and hospitality host companies in the North West Province for a period of up to six (6) months.
The applicants were subjected to an interview process to assess their suitability, and it is expected that they will demonstrate commitment and discipline throughout the programme.. The host company will provide the beneficiary with the appropriate work based responsibilities, promote learning in the work environment and keep accurate work based records.
The beneficiaries will receive a monthly stipend from the department, and the scope of their tasks and duties will be directly related to four key areas; food and beverage, housekeeping, guest relation and administrative duties.
“As the department we would like to extent our gratitude to the companies who have partnered with us in addressing the challenges of unemployment faced by young people throughout the province. We encourage the graduates to take full advantage of this opportunity to gain experience and knowledge,” said Ms Sarah Manone – Chief Director for Tourism Growth and Development within DEDECT.
Manone also added that the programme is part of the public-private partnership initiative that seeks to address issues of unemployment and work experience within the tourism sector in the North West Province, and will go a long way in developing skills and expertise required for a flourishing tourism industry.
Issued by the Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism
For enquiries please contact:
Mr Jerry Matebesi (DEDECT Spokesperson)
072 333 0325
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