Traineeships in Hospitality Management

Traineeship in Hospitality Management  Based on well established apprenticeship principles, a Traineeship is an “earn while you learn” alternative to full time tertiary education. Comprising work integrated learning undertaken in the workplace and theoretical study by way of distance learning through our IHS Online campus, tutorials and short courses, Traineeships have proven themselves (to trainees and employers) time and again in the quality of graduates produced and the number of successful careers launched.

Trainees spend two or three years training in a work environment receiving on the job training and continuous assessment against a nationally recognised standard.

This programme is aimed at 18 -23 year olds, and we will accept applicants up to 26 years of age. Trainees train in a realistic work environment and are subject to the same terms and conditions as full time employees.

The academic component is run on a self-study basis with students studying through our IHS Online Campus. This plaform provides lecturer support to Trainees throughout the year. Trainees are also assessed in the workplace by assessors from IHS.  Trainees will be required to have access to a computer and an internet link.

Objectives:

These training programmes are designed and implemented in a manner that aims to provide quality Supervisors and Managers for the future.

Minimum Entry Requirements:

Applicants should fulfil the following requirements:

  • As a minimum have completed and passed;
    o Grade 12 or equivalent (THREE YEAR PROGRAMME)
    o Grade 10 or equivalent (TWO YEAR PROGRAMME)
  • Applicants need to be between the age of 18 and 26 years old.
  • We also require English to have been taken as a first or second language.
  • Have a positive attitude and the ability to communicate with peers and subordinates.
  • Be prepared to work reasonably long hours, varying shifts and, due to the nature of the hotel business, weekends and public holidays.
  • Prior work experiencein the hospitality industry would be advantageous.

    Hospitality Management

Method of Selection:

  • Closing dates for applications: 30 September (January intake) and 1 May (July intake)
  • A short-list of applicants will be compiled and candidates, with their parents / sponsor, will be invited to attend the presentation and assessment day. An assessment fee of R150 is payable on the day.
  • After completion of the short interview and assessments, a further short list is compiled and the candidates are invited to meet the Executive Management of our partner hotels for a panel interview.
  • Final selection is made and successful candidates will be required to make an initial deposit of R3 000 against the course fee (non-refundable) as confirmation of their acceptance of the position offered.
  • Successful Candidates will commence their programme either in January or July 2012.

THREE YEAR PROGRAMME:

Theoretical:

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates will receive:
  • IHS Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management  NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 88062)
  • South African National Qualification Certificates in:
    • Food and Beverage Service NQF Level 4 (SAQA ID No: 14113)
    • Hospitality Reception NQF Level 4 (SAQA ID No: 14116)
    • Accommodation Service NQF Level 2 (SAQA ID No: 14110)
  • American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) Hospitality Management Diploma (70% pass mark required for this)

In addition to the above, trainees will complete ancillary courses in Basic First Aid, Basic Fire Fighting and Wine Service.

Practical:

Successful candidates will be required to work six days per week (including Public Holidays) and standard industry shifts (including nightshift). Trainees work in modules, with their time being divided between Kitchens, Food & Beverage, Front Office, Rooms Division and other departments of the hotel.

The hotel issues a Certificate of Service if all three years of practical experience are completed in that hotel. Trainees are generally given preference for permanent positions on completion of their programmes.

Financial Implications:

The programme fee per year of R33 500.00* includes:

  • Annual Tuition and Examination Fees
  • Textbooks and National Qualification workbooks
  • Knife set (1st year only)
  • Student card and IHS Golf Shirt
*Prices indicated are for 2014.  Prices will increase annually and are dependent on inflation and exchange rates as course material is obtained from the USA and England.

TWO YEAR SPECIALISATION PROGRAMME

Theoretical:

Hospitality Management  Course

On successful first year completion, Trainees will receive a South African National Qualification Certificate in Food and Beverage Service (NQF Level 4) City & Guilds Certificate in Food & Beverage Service.
In the second year Trainees will work towards a City & Guilds Diploma in Food & Beverage Service OR Reception Operations and Services OR Accommodation Operations and Services South African National Qualification in their chosen area of specialisation (Food & Beverage Level 4 – achieved in 1st year, Hospitality Reception Level 4, or Accommodation Level 2).

In addition to the above, trainees will complete ancillary courses in Basic First Aid, Basic Fire Fighting and Wine Service.

The theory component is run on a self-study basis with a 50% pass mark being the required standard for City & Guilds.

Note: A Specialisation will only be offered where a minimum number of Trainees per campus have selected the area of Specialisation.

Practical:

Successful candidates will be required to work six days per week (including Public Holidays) and standard industry shifts (including nightshift).

Trainees work in modules, with their time being divided between the Food & Beverage, Kitchen, Housekeeping and Front Office Departments in their first year. The second year is spent in the area of specialisation selected towards the end of the first year. Required Portfolios of Evidence are compiled during practical work. The hotel issues a Certificate of Service if both years of practical experience are completed in that hotel. Trainees are generally given preference for permanent positions on completion of their programmes.

Financial Implications:

The cost per year of R24 800.00* includes:

  • Annual Tuition and Examination Fees
  • Textbooks and National Qualification workbooks
  • Knife set (1st year only)
  • Student card and IHS Golf Shirt
*Prices indicated are for 2014.  Prices will increase annually and are dependent on inflation and exchange rates as course material is obtained from the USA and England.

Additional Costs for all courses:

  • Accommodation, living expenses and transport
  • UIF contribution
  • Any expenses that the Hotel has incurred during the period of training should the Trainee leave the course before completion
  • Access to a computer and internet connection for the online learning components

Remuneration Package for all programmes:

  • Study Hospitality Management
    • 1st Year: R2 693* per month less statutory deductions (UIF Contribution)
    • 2nd Year: R2 740** per month less statutory deductions (UIF Contribution)
    • 3rd Year: R2 844** per month less statutory deductions (UIF Contribution)

    *    Allowance adjusted annually in July in line with Industry minimum wage
    ** Allowance adjusted annually in July irrespective of intake and is subject to completion of specified course work

  • In the event that you are placed at a property that provides accommodation, a deduction from your allowance will be levied for this live-in position.
  • Annual Leave entitlement is 18 work days per annum
  • The hotel may provide the trainee with the required uniforms and meals whilst on duty.