Skills Development and Training Projects

Name and background of
applicant / developer
Eden Hospitality Service and Training Unit (Pty) Ltd Trading as Francois Ferreira Academy (FFA)
Core focus sector Accredited training in the Hospitality and Tourism sector (Garden Route and Klein Karoo)
Total project investment ZAR9 129 400
Sources of funding Private, public and donor
Project status The project is investment-ready; project implementation strategy and plans completed.
Partnerships Francois Ferreira Academy and Garden Route District Municipality
Full contact details of project lead Director; Denise Lindley, +27 44 884 0765; +27 82 377 5228;
Potential jobs created 150 full time plus 20 for a period
of nine months

The prime objective behind this project is to train 150 unemployed ex-staff in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in the Garden Route, over a six-month period. Because of the impact of the lockdown on the Tourism and Hospitality industry, many staff have lost their jobs.

Francois Ferreira Academy (FFA) is sourcing funding to take these unemployed ex-staff members and place them back with their ex-employers establishments as “students”. The establishment will act as a mentor to their ex-employees, at very little cost to themselves, as the student will receive a monthly stipend, so saving money for the financially pressurised host employer. The student will receive formal training for one week a month and will work for the remaining three weeks a month at their original guest house or restaurant. The hard-hit establishments will benefit by getting their retrenched yet trained staff back at very little cost to themselves.

The skills programmes are registered with the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sports SETA (CATHSSETA), and upon successfully completing the various courses, students will receive certificates from CATHSSETA and FFA.

The areas where training will take place are Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn

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