A busy few weeks under the belt for the Tourism Boot Campers . They completed their technical training in week 3 at the state of the art HBS e-Learning hub, kindly hosted by the V&A Waterfront . Thank you to Chrissy from Earthstompers Adventures for giving of her time to train the candidates on excel costing, budgeting and email formulation. This training is invaluable and so pivotal for their future roles in the Tourism Industry.
Week 4, by far the most fun section of the course, sees them gaining first had experience on what is on offer at the Cape Town Attractions. We would like to express our gradidute to our Industry partners that support this initiative by waivering entrances fees and sharing their inspirational stories of their career jounery.
Danchwa Cloete, Learning and development Coordinator from Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company entertained them with his quirky sense of humour and stories about the strange habits of their visitors. He encouraged them to apply for positions via their anual seasonal recrutiment drive.
Fikile Sizwenya, Visitor Services at the Two Oceans Aquarium guided the excited candidates around their exhibts sharing his vast knowledge of marine life. He inspired them with his success story of starting off as a security guard and working his way up the ranks to become a full time Visitors Services employer.
Yolande West , Sales Manager, Tsogo Sun shared insights and opportunities within the Hotel Industry and guided the Boot Campers around their establishments in the city centre. The candidates now understand and are able to differentiate between the different star grading and room types of the different hotels. Yolande mentioned that one can only succeed if one is prepared to work hard, go the extra mile and always put the guest first.
The rest of the week sees them enjoying the splendour of the Cape Winelands and Cape Peninsula, guided by freelance Tour Guide, Nicole Van Heerden. The final assesment will be an oral presenetation of all their educational experiences which we aim to post on next week’s blog. Watch this space to see who made it through….