Continuing with its ethos of contributing to capacity development, the CSIR International Convention Centre (CSIR ICC) has appointed six in-service trainees in various departments for 6 months each, to gain knowledge in their respective fields in order to obtain their qualifications.
The 2017 intakes are Pabalelo Serepo, Skhumbuzo Zwane, Nontokozo Mdhluli, Jennifer Modise, Bathembu Mbombela and Lungile Mkwanazito. These young women and men are expected to experience, explore, share and analyse while they apply their theoretical work into practical scenarios.
The learning experience challenges the students to move beyond their established classroom routines into a professional working zone. The training programme further enables the students to get a thorough understanding of the theoretical knowledge acquired through their fields of study, in a more practical environment. The environment also encourages them to explore their creativity as well as learn new relevant skills and knowledge related to their qualifications.
“In the words of Nelson Mandela, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world, we share his sentiments. To this end, our in-service training programme is aimed at addressing skills shortage and is tailored to enhance the students' knowledge and offer them the necessary skills for employment in the hospitality industry”, explained Bronwen Cadle de Ponte, CSIR ICC General Manager.
Over and above its regular in-service trainee programme, the ICC also accommodates relevant schools visits. Students get an exhilarating experience of the daily activities of the food and events production industry they aspire to be part of. As well as a tour of the ICC's bustling building and get the privilege to interact with the chefs and other department heads as part of the programme.
*Photo: (from left) Skhumbuzo Zwane, Pabalelo Serepo, Nontokozo Mdhluli, Jennifer Modise, Bathembu Mbombela and Lungile Mkhwanazi
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