Signature Life Hotels trains 247, employs 227 disadvantaged youths

Seen at the Hotel 64 on Gordon Rd, trainees with Regional Sales manager Jessica Nhleko, Head of training from Signature Life Institute of Hospitality Nicole Munroe and General Manager Odessa Engelbrecht are Chef, Trainees and Housekeeping staff.

Says Alan Vels – Managing Director Signature Life Hospitality ” paying lip service to our previously disadvantaged youth in terms of job training and placement is no longer good enough. In line with the MEC Mike Mabuyukulas’ vision for the Province, we should train first, transfer skills to a large sector of the pdi groups then find jobs”.

Front row to back row- Jessica Nhleko, Nicole Munro, Wendy Gumede Tracey Goddard, Nomti Mathenjwa, Brian Mgenge Happiness Zikhali, Hayley Biggar, Odessa Engelbrecht

Signature Life Institute of Hospitality trained 247 students last year of which 227 have been placed in several of the hotels we manage, a number are employed at Hotel64 on Gordon, a Signature Life operated property.

This training scheme which was a partnership between government and the private sector has proved to one of the most successful to date as these newly skilled youth have an open platform in the hospitality industry  which has so many opportunities in this country in terms of job creation. More corporates should follow this lead as it is only though getting our youth to work, that many of  our economic the woes in the province and the whole of the country  will be alleviated.”

Author: Muzi Mohale

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