October 2018: A Youth Care Initiative agreement between SOS Children’s Villages and The Raddison Hotel Group will see 12 youth members receive hospitality training and an employment opportunity.
Each of the youth members will be trained in three different departments at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Cape Town, over a six-month training programme which commences this week. They will receive the minimum wage of R3500 per month over this period.
The 12 participants who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are typically between 18 and 24 years of age, and live in the Western Cape area.
“The YCI initiative is a dream come true for youth at SOS CT. The smiles on their faces are testament to the amount of gratitude they feel for this once in a lifetime opportunity. As Programme Director, I feel honoured to be part of this. I personally look forward to watching these youths grow and develop into astute individuals in the hotel industry”, says Lezel Molefe, Programme Director at SOS Children’s Village Cape Town.
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of South Africa’s vulnerable children. The organisation was responsible for the recruitment of the youth, and will support them in securing employment by working with the hotel partners. A Youth Development staff member will be present to support the students for the duration of the programme.
“I am excited and grateful for this opportunity and it is my intention to use it to the best of my ability” concludes Olwethu Bhengu, a youth member from Philippi, Cape Town, who is participating in the initiative.