Author International Hotel School   |  March 5, 2015

Why should I bother with the hospitality industry? Are there even any jobs going?

The Hospitality Industry is a GLOBAL industry! It offers EXCITING opportunities to graduates who wish to TRAVEL, and take up CAREERS both locally and abroad. It is one of the world’s fastest growing and most dynamic fields of employment, with positive trends forecasted for the coming years. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the industry is promising more growth and a powerful economic influence in the next decade over and above the 260 Million jobs worldwide already created by the industry. In fact, here are some really exciting worldwide statistics:

  • 8.7% of WORLDWIDE employment is in Travel & Tourism/ Hospitality
  • Travel & Tourism worldwide is expected to GROW by 4% per annum 2013 – 2023
  • 337 million jobs worldwide by 2023 OR … 1 in every 10 jobs on the planet

Why should I choose to study at IHS?

Firstly, our qualifications are nationally and internationally recognised. IHS is registered with the South African Department of Higher Education and Training as both a Private Higher Education Institute and provisionally registered as a Private FET College.  Our students are sought after, both locally and abroad once they have completed their programme with us. Secondly, practical industry experience is a vital part of the knowledge and skills you need to become a world class Hospitality or Culinary Professional.  

Our Work Integrated Learning (practical training) which takes place at leading hospitality establishments is what sets us apart from our competitors.  For the duration of their programme, students will spend 50% of the programme on the campus covering the academic curriculum and 50% of the programme in industry.  When students leave the programme, they are job ready. Finally, jobs are not difficult to come by when you have a qualification from the International Hotel School.  We also have a great system in place to help students find jobs…but we’ll tell you more about that in the next question.

Realistically, how hard is it to find a job when I graduate?

The International Hotel School’s international recognition and status as a leading provider of quality hospitality education has led to us having an excellent placement rate in our 20 years of operation. The International Hotel School prides itself in recruiting the cream of the crop from aspirant, energetic, passionate young people who, when qualified, are headhunted all over the world, and reach top positions within the hospitality industry. We offer a number of programmes to assist our graduates with finding job placements and we use our network of industry contacts to assist with placements locally and abroad. We’re really proud of that fact.

What if I can’t afford the fees?

We have a few payment option facilities to help you pay off your fees. Here, an initial deposit payment due when you are accepted (ranging from R2500 to R5000 depending on which course you are doing). Then you can choose from three “Payment Elections”

  • Option 1: Early payment – 5% discount
  • Option 2: Full Payment by registration day –  2.5% discount
  • Option 3: Instalment payments – Interest Free

We also run a Bursary Competition each year for matric students where you could enter and stand a chance to win one of 3 paid study bursaries.

Down the line, how easy is it to add to my qualifications?

The International Hotel School Online Campus, IHS Online is an online platform for staff in the hospitality industry to improve and update their knowledge or for those interested in studying without the commitment of attending a course full time. Each course module carries a final examination (paper-based) completed at an approved centre. Students receive a textbook (paper-based) for each course. All other materials including study guides, notes, quizzes, and self-assessment questions are distributed through the online learning site. IHS Online has a wide range of single subjects which lead to various nationally and internationally-recognised courses ranging from IHS Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 88062) and IHS Higher Certificate in Food and Beverage Management NQF Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 88063) to AHLEI Specialisation Certificates and Diplomas.

Students may choose to study courses individually or in subject groups. By following a structured learning pathway students can achieve certificates of departmental specialisation or South African registered NQF Level 5 Certificates and full AHLEI Industry Professional Diplomas. Subjects can be chosen such that they lead from one qualification to another. 

If you would like to ask us any further questions about studying at the International Hotel School, get in touch today via our website: or drop us a line in the comments section below.