Real World. Real Skills with the in-service Traineeship Programme

What is a Traineeship Programme?

A Traineeship is a “work while you learn” programme comprising of Work Integrated Learning, and the curriculum is offered through the International Hotel School Online learning platform. Trainees spend the duration of their studies in a work environment, receiving on the job training for the duration of their placement at the hospitality establishment.

Meet Durbanite, Shael Mead, who has just returned to her home town of Durban after working in London for 13 years. Shael is one of our Professional Cookery Traineeship graduates from the International Hotel School Durban Campus.

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While living in the country that has the most famous Royal Family and clock tower – Big Ben, Shael worked for hotels, restaurants and private members clubs. These include the Dean St Town House, Ham Yard and Haymarket Hotel, which both are part of Firmdale Hotel Group, and le Caprice part of Caprice Holdings group, which is where she worked as a Pastry Chef. In her final employment at Ham Yard Hotel, Shael was promoted to being the Head Pastry Chef. This position included managing a team of 16 pastry chefs. “I know what you probably thinking now. How on earth did she survive? Well I’m a firm believer in working hard. While climbing the ranks I missed many social events because I was working and putting in the extra hours. I never worried about how much I was getting paid or how much someone else was earning in the kitchen because I had a vision in mind. Once you have climbed the ranks and broken your back getting to the top, then you can start working towards a better salary and nicer hours,” advises Shael.


Boiled egg, grilled asparagus, onion, sriracha mayo on toast

“There are so many highlights in my career, but the ones that have stood out for me the most was when we won Best Afternoon Tea in London, which was awarded by Harden’s London Restaurant Awards 2016. I was chosen to be interviewed for Coco’s Tea Party blog and was also mentioned twice in the Washington Post. Another highlight was when we had to create a large gingerbread village for Christmas each year in Ham Yard. This allowed for my team and me to showcase our talent. Then last, but not least is opening up my very own restaurant with my husband, who is also a chef, says Shael.

Shael owns a restaurant called Taylor’s Kitchen SA, which is situated along Florida Road. Taylor’s Kitchen is a small eatery which serves sweet and savoury treats, food items for Vegans are also available. The eatery has a seating area whereby people can sit in a casual setting and eat.  So if you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat, then pop into Taylor’s Kitchen! “On my bucket list for 2019 would be to see my restaurant succeed and grow in popularity. If all goes well in five years time I would like to move into bigger premises,” smiles Shael.


Chicken, BLT and ranch dressing roti



From a young age Shael loved preparing meals for people and impressing them through her cooking. It only made sense that she follow her true passion and purpose, which is cooking! What also helped is that she had her father as a role model. No matter how hard life knocked him down he always got back up and tried again and again.

“I loved the Traineeship programme. It gave me the chance to get a true feel for the industry while studying. Therefore I was better prepared for the expectations of the industry when I graduated, so that its demands didn’t come as a shock to me”, concludes Shael.

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