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The National Youth Chefs Training Programme (NYCTP) was
created in a unique partnership between the National Department of Tourism
(NDT) and SACA to address the urgent need for cooks and chefs in South Africa’s
growing hospitality industry.
The programme was started to avoid a critical shortage of
chefs with the skills necessary to be employed, and succeed, in the hospitality
industry. With this in mind,
SACA was tasked to engage and educate young, unemployed
people, who had the interest and drive to work as chefs in the hospitality
This pilot project, which began in April 2011, enlisted 800
students in a programme that was designed to provide students with both
theoretical and practical training.
All students studied the City & Guilds Certificate in
Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) 7065 – 31 SAQA ID 73295. 500 new
students will be selected to enter the certificate course in 2012 and 300
students from the pilot group will be selected to take part in an advanced City
& Guilds Diploma in Food Preparation and Cooking (Culinary Arts) 7065 – 32
SAQA ID 73289.
Out of the 800 students that signed up for the first course,
717 students completed the certificate course, with 75%of the students passing.
Out of those that passed, 35% did exceptionally well,
earning a merit or distinction. Due to this success, NDT invested a further R40
million into the second year of the programme, which commenced at the beginning
The programme places high emphasis on training in outlying
areas, ensuring that it is available in all nine provinces. 26 SACA-accredited
culinary schools have taken an active part in the creation and success of the
programme, overcoming challenges and swiftly adapting to system requirements.
Benefits of the
The students have expressed that this opportunity has
improved their self-worth and has given them a focus and direction in life. As
the students find a positive career path, they often feel less despondent and
start to embrace the prospect of an exciting future.
Students have been using the experience to set up their own
businesses or to continue working in the establishments that hosted them during
the programme. Some wonderful success has been achieved by several students who
participated in the programme. For example Tlali Masakala joined KFC as a chef
after completing the NYCTP programme in 2011, and from there entered into and
achieved second place in the highly coveted Nestle Golden Chefs Hat competition
later that year.
Another NYCTP student, Kagisho McDonald Nobengula entered
and won the Unilever Food Solution’s ‘Sauce of Inspiration’ competition,
winning a R20 000 study bursary to further his studies and pursue a course in
confectionary and pastry. Kagisho passed his City & Guilds exam with a
distinction.NYCTP STATS FROM 2011-2014
Since its launch in 2011, the NYCTP has received 16,000 CVs, interviewed 8,000 candidates, engaged 1,760 in the programme of whom almost 1,400 have completed the programme with a certificate, diploma and advanced diploma - achieving a pass rate of 82%.
Over 700 of our graduates have taken up full-time employment to date and we are sure that you too will be reporting back on your success in the job market very soon, after collecting your certificates and diplomas today.The statistics for the 3rd year 2013/2014 , i.e. Phase 3 can be summarised as follows:
Therefore, we now have 581 new, qualified junior chefs entering the industry.