National Youth Chef Training ProgrammeFebruary 15th, 2012 by Susan Reynard | Categories: Press Office
In 2010, the South African Chefs Association (SACA) became one of the coordinators of a Department of Tourism pilot programme, training interested matriculants (from 18 to 36 years of age) in basic cookery skills . This is one of the Governments programs to skills youth for employment.
Over 600 youngsters who showed an interest in cookery and who had good basic reading skills , have now successfully completed their Department of Tourism sponsored certificate in basic cookery skills. Over 100 graduates have found employment in food service assistant positions with food production and related companies.
If you are looking for junior chefs who have basic skills and bundles of enthusiasm, please contact Shirley in Johannesburg (011 782 3002). These candidates are suitable for supermarkets, contract catering units, food production kitchens, etc. and even bed and breakfast establishments, where a basic knowledge would be required. The candidates will only be placed in a situation where Hotelstaff and SACA feel they will receive the required supervision. They are looking to earn at least the current minimum wage.
In the spirit of the program, only an administration fee will be charged for these placements. The candidates are available countrywide. As the pilot was so successful SACA will shortly be commencing this year’s programme and the colleges involved will be short listing more lucky matriculants for this wonderful opportunity. The department has now agreed that some of the better students from last year’s program should be selected for a second year of training that will eventually lead them to a diploma.