Wolwedans Desert Academy and Social Security partnership

Tourism and hospitality industry supports students

20 July 2021 | Onderwys
Monique Adams



The academy offers a variety of courses that focus mainly on the tourism and hospitality industries, while more recently the curricula development targets the complementary field of agriculture.

The course details are as follows:

Tourism and hospitality (NQA accredited and NTA registered)

Level 2 (10 months): Accommodation services, food and beverage services

Level 3 (18 months): Food and beverage operations

Level 3 (18 months): Commercial cookery

Agriculture (pilot and inaugural intake in 2021-22)

Level 2 (11 months): Horticulture and crop husbandry

Level 3 (18 months): Crop and horticulture production

With agriculture being a recent addition to the curriculum, the academy will be piloting its first intake this year and is very excited about that. This creates opportunities for growers and distributors in the local economy, making a supply chain management easier for tourism businesses by not having to order from larger, distant centres. It improves the quality of the guests’ experience by offering seasonal, fresh and healthy ingredients for meals.

“All of this ties in with our vision and the 5Cs sustainable framework that guides us at Wolwedans. To nurture Namibia’s youth so that they are ‘work-ready’ when they graduate and in fields that can support sustainable development to the country is in everyone’s best interest,” Philip Rehyer from the Wolwedans Academy said.

So far, over 300 youth have graduated from WDA to date, which includes those who graduated through their Windhoek training base at the Namibia Institute of Culinary Education (NICE).

Recently, the Social Security Commission collaborated with WDA to award bursaries to tourism and hospitality students, which cover tuition fees, room and board at their desert-based campus in the NamibRand Nature Reserve, transport and uniforms. The trainees will only need a budget for any incidentals or pocket money to buy snacks at the tuck shop.

The bursaries are available for the tourism and hospitality programme. Sixteen applicants will be selected from among the applications received and offered bursaries for the duration of the programme (two and a half years for Levels 2-3). The balance of placements – four seats – are partly funded by the Wolwedans Foundation and other private and public donors.

Their pilot programme in agriculture has also received funding for 12 bursaries, which will be offered to successful applicants as a result of the generous contributions of Germany-based non-governmental organisation, ConTine.

The admission requirements are as follows:

Minimum: Pass in Grade 10 (preferably Grade 12)

English proficiency and communication skills (speak, read, write)

Basic numerical skills (highly necessary)

Applicants must be 18 to 24 years of age

A positive attitude and friendly personality (a pre-requisite in the tourism and hospitality industries)

Who should apply:

Anyone who meets the above admission requirements

Unemployed Namibian youth with “fire in their belly” and a burning desire to advance themselves in life

Youth from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds

Namibian youth from the Hardap and //Karas regions are strongly encouraged to apply due to their close proximity to the campus

People with disabilities and who are from marginalised communities are encouraged to apply and will be given preference provided they meet all other admission requirements.

Candidates must go through an extensive recruitment screening process as the selection is largely determined by which applicants have a suitable personality and passion for the tourism and hospitality trade.

Soortgelyk

 

Hengari at the forefront of the youth agenda

4 ure gelede | Skole

Rivaldo Kavanga Hailing from Okakarara in the Otjozondjupa Region, Inna Koviao-Vetarere Hengari (25) is Namibia’s youngest elected parliamentarian. She currently leads the youth agenda...

For the love of reading

4 ure gelede | Onderwys

The Presidential Advisor on Youth Matters and Enterprise Development, Daisry Mathias, joined learners at Fidel Castro Primary School to mark 2021 National Readathon Week. Mathias...

New education act, regulations in final stages

4 ure gelede | Onderwys

Iréne-Mari van der Walt The regulations adjacent to the new education act are in their final stages, according to the education inspector for...

Let’s talk about it

4 ure gelede | Skole

Monique Adams On Thursday, 2 September, the Office of the First Lady and One Economy Foundation facilitated an intergenerational dialogue with young people.This dialogue looked...

Jong skoonheid met 'n hart van goud

4 ure gelede | Skole

Mariselle Stofberg – Vir Chanique (Chani) Rabe wat onlangs as die nuwe Mej. Supranasionaal 2021 aangewys is, is haar passie vir jeug- en gemeenskapsontwikkeling ’n...

Windhoek Hospitality and Culinary College introduces new programme

4 ure gelede | Onderwys

Desiree Gases The Windhoek Hospitality and Culinary College (WHCC) is introducing Namibia Training Authority’s (NTA) level two housekeeping, laundry and front office programme with an...

Following in my father’s footsteps

4 ure gelede | Skole

Amalia Cloete I am currently studying at the International Training College Lingua. I am doing an honours degree in human resource (HR) management, and this...

Pupkewitz Megabuild launches 2022 graduate programme

4 ure gelede | Onderwys

Wetumwene Shikage The Pupkewitz Megabuild Graduate Programme initiative is aimed at supporting newly graduated students to gain work experience, which will serve as an additional...

Rundu in die donker

10 ure gelede | Energie

Inwoners van Rundu is sedert 10:00 vanoggend sonder krag. Volgens NamPower se areabestuurder vir die noordelike streek, mnr. Petrus Immanuel, is dit weens tegniese...