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The Peermont Hotel School, a first of its kind in Ekurhuleni

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The school will upskill more than 1 080 learners over a 3-year period!

There are many challenges that face the youth of South Africa. However, education and unemployment are two of the most concerning. In an effort to make a positive contribution towards tourism development, the Peermont Community Benefit Trust (PCBT), in association with service provider Celo, identified an opportunity to establish the Peermont Hotel School.


After officially opening the Peermont Hotel School, established by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust at a cost of
R3.5-million on the grounds of Emperors Palace on Tuesday afternoon, June 7, Ekurhuleni MMC City Planning and
Economic Development, Clr Thumbu Mahlangu toured the school and interacted with the first 72 learners enrolled in the
school along with Trust Chairperson, Tshidi Madima. On their walk about, Clr Mahlangu and Madima stopped to talk to
one of the trainee chefs, Hope Crossman of Tembisa who, along with the other students, prepared and served some
delicious dishes like braised oxtail pot pies to guests invited to the opening. (Photograph by Yolanda van der Stoep)

Proudly supported by the Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni, the school opened its doors on May 32016 and offers skills-based training that gives young individuals the necessary platform and opportunity to start a career in the hospitality industry. “The hospitality sector remains one of the fastest growing sectors in the economy. With that in mind, the Peermont Hotel School empowers the community through education and development, ultimately grooming our future hospitality leaders”, comments Vusi Zwane, a PCBT Trustee.

Celo, hospitality specialists in events, training and consulting, have been appointed by the PCBT to establish the school and manage the delivery of the training programmes. “The method of delivery and type of training will ensure transfer of skills, creation of jobs, and in so doing contribute towards poverty alleviation”, comments Jeanne Visagie of Celo. 


After officially opening the Peermont Hotel School, established by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in partnership
with the City of Ekurhuleni, on the grounds of Emperors Palace on Tuesday afternoon, June 7, Ekurhuleni MMC City
Planning and Economic Development, Clr Thumbu Mahlangu toured the school and interacted with the first 72 learners
enrolled in the school who are doing courses to become chefs, waiters and housekeepers. Here Clr Mahlangu watches
two of the trainee chefs, Ntokozo Mashiyane and Wendy Malawana as they prepare one of the delicious dishes served
to guests at the opening by the students. (Photograph by Yolanda van der Stoep)

Located at Emperors Palace, the Peermont Hotel School offers Skills Proficiency certificates to chefs, waiters and housekeepers. All learners are contracted on a 12-month period, and over-and-above the bursary, receive a stipend from the Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni. The learners will spend two months at the school, two months at Emperors Palace and a further eight months with hospitality industry partners for practical experience. These underprivileged individuals will enjoy access to the marketplace, especially those from child-headed households and vulnerable youth.  The duration of the qualification supports the learners in becoming employable and to earn an income to support their families.


After the Peermont Hotel School, established by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in partnership with the City of
Ekurhuleni, on the grounds of Emperors Palace was officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, June 7, guests invited to
the event got the opportunity to tour the facility and interact with the first 72 students enrolled into the school that are
doing courses to become chefs, waiters and housekeepers. Here two of the guests, Peermont Financial Executive,
Grant Robinson of Forrest Hill and Peermont Hotel and Resorts Executive, Jegie Padmanathan of Benoni are served
braised oxtail pot pies (prepared by the chef students) by waiter trainee, Rantsane Mopedi of Tembisa. (Photograph by
Yolanda van der Stoep)

There are a number of factors that make the Peermont Hotel School different from other hotel schools. The most notable difference is that the school was founded through a need that existed for basic skills in the hospitality industry. The school’s objective is to focus on the fundamentals of the various disciplines and to lay a solid foundation for the learners’ career. Together with industry professionals, the skills outcomes were first identified and packaged in a custom-designed programme, before considering the existing qualification platforms. The hospitality industry is very demanding and requires sacrifice and discipline to succeed.  With work ethic and values in mind, the programmes were structured in such a way that they represent conditions faced in the workplace. Lastly, most hotel schools are run as profit centres and are therefore subject to tuition fees. The tuition fees are in many cases the main reason why potential learners are unable to pursue their dreams of a career in hospitality. At the Peermont Hotel School, the selected learners study on a full bursary


After the Peermont Hotel School, established by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in partnership with the City of
Ekurhuleni, on the grounds of Emperors Palace was officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, June 7, guests invited to
the event got the opportunity to tour the facility and interact with the first 72 students enrolled into the school that are
doing courses to become chefs, waiters and housekeepers. Here two of the guests, Peermont Hotel and Resorts
Executive, Jegie Padmanathan and FEDHASA CEO, Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa are served Greek leg of lamb roast
served on flat bread gyros with tzatziki (prepared by the chef students) by waiter trainee, Mxolisi Maseko of Daveyton.
(Photograph by Yolanda van der Stoep)

“Over and above the skills and procedures required in the hospitality industry, the training is based on a value system that will provide learners with much needed life skills for the future. Entrepreneurial ethics are also included to ensure that learners have the correct foundation to take their future into their own hands”, concludes Zwane.


After the Peermont Hotel School, established by the Peermont Community Benefit Trust, in partnership with the City of
Ekurhuleni, on the grounds of Emperors Palace was officially opened on Tuesday afternoon, June 7, guests invited to
the event got the opportunity to tour the facility and interact with the first 72 students enrolled into the school that are
doing courses to become chefs, waiters and housekeepers. Here trainee chef, Meshack Mabuza tells Trustee, Vusi
Zwane what the different dishes are that the students prepared for guests attending the opening function. (Photograph
by Yolanda van der Stoep)

 

For more information, visit www.celo.co.za or contact Celo on 082 906 2744.

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