The Department of Tourism has welcomed another batch of graduates who successfully completed the Food Safety Quality Assurers training programme. The 108 new group will receive their National Certificate in #FoodSafety Quality Assurance from the Deputy Minister Mahlalela in Johannesburg.
According to the Deputy Minister of Tourism, the group will too, along those who have already graduated in the midst of 2022, populate the talent pool of this scarce skill in the tourism value chain. Mahlalela was speaking during the honorary ceremony in Johannesburg on Saturday.
“As government, our approach to the skills revolution is to assist the youth to upskill and future-proof themselves in the light of the fast-changing work environment. Through our training programmes, we are able to contribute to mitigating the impact of the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” Deputy Minister said.
The Department’s one-year programme entails 30% theory and 70% workplace experiential training. Graduates receive a National Certificate in Food Safety Quality Assurers, NQF level 4 (116 credits) accredited by FoodBev SETA and CATHSSETA, helping to kick-start their career in the sector.
The Food Safety Assurer’s graduation takes place ahead of this week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) that is poised to encourage an inclusive and proactive integration of all in growing the country’s economy under the theme – ‘Leave no one behind.’
Mahlalela emphasised that the Department of Tourism remains committed to providing training and development programmes that will drive the inclusive transformation and grow the sector.
“According to the UNICEF report, governments and businesses are being urged to address global skills gap and decrease youth unemployment. I therefore call upon our youth to seriously take up all available opportunities being provided by government as quick fixes and short-cuts to economic empowerment, concluded Deputy Minister Mahlalela.
Youth are encouraged to visit www.tourism.gov.za to learn more about the skills programmes that are currently being advertised.