The campaign started in 2015 and aims to sensitise learners, between the ages of 12 and 18, about the different career paths available in the hospitality and tourism sector.
The organisers saw the need for this initiative after discovering that there was a lack of sufficient information available to young people interested in this field. The event also provides a platform for the University’s staff to share information about the courses on offer. Ralf Herrgott, a NUST Chef said: “Sometimes the public perceives professions in our industry as being of a low standard, but once one knows the ins and outs of our jobs, they will learn to appreciate the valuable contributions we make to the tourism sector. ”
During the campaign, learners spent a day at the Institution learning to cook, watching visual presentations and listening to career advice. The learners said they enjoyed the experience and looked forward to working in this industry.
The groups represented both private and public schools which included Eros Girls School, Windhoek Central School and Jan Mohr Secondary School. “Each year we aim to involve different schools from different areas in this project. In 2015, on six different dates, we invited about 30 learners for each session,” Herrgott added.
The NCA is responsible for coordinating the schools and providing the sponsorship, whilst the Hotel School facilitates the classes. To this end, NCA received N$5 000 from Aurecon Namibia, an engineering consultancy company.
Ludrie van Sladen, a Consulting Engineer of the company said: “We are always glad to be a part of something that