Nathan-John Arendse and Brea Andrews have been selected as the recipients of FEDHASA Cape’s 2019 Youth Bursary.
The bursary ensures that students who excel in the hospitality sector, and who have applied for funding, are given an opportunity to complete their studies, explains FEDHASA Cape chairperson Jeff Rosenberg.
The bursary contributes towards their tuition fees and the training institution is also requested to provide FEDHASA Cape with the student’s academic progress at least twice a year.
“The Youth Bursary reflects FEDHASA Cape’s commitment to creating jobs within the hospitality sector by creating training and empowerment opportunities for youth. There are so many young professionals out there who simply can’t afford to complete their studies and our aim is to change this.”
This bursary will give these two candidates an opportunity to secure their studies for the coming year and be groomed into young, up-and-coming professionals in the hospitality industry,” added Rosenberg.
The Recipients of the Youth Bursary
Arendse is completing his National Diploma: Hospitality Management, Accommodation at CPUT Cape Town Hotel School.
“FEDHASA Cape, through their Youth Bursary programme, encourages the youth to work harder at their studies and rewards those students in need. Receiving the bursary is an answer to my prayers,” says Arendse.
Andrews is completing her 2nd year at the International Hotel School in Hospitality Management.
“This has taken a huge weight off my shoulders knowing that I now have financial assistance with my tuition fees. This bursary offers students, who cannot continue their studies due to financial problems, a chance to be successful in an industry they love,” says Andrews.
Applications for funding criteria
In May, the association called on all students and trainees, from its Western Cape members studying towards a hospitality qualification to apply for funding.
The qualifying applications needed to:
- Be training through FEDHASA Cape member establishments or FEDHASA Cape member hospitality training schools, and
- Have successfully completed their second year studies.
The funds for this year’s bursary were raised at an auction at the FEDHASA Cape’s Annual Golf Day earlier this year.
Additional 12-month Programme Opportunity
However, the Youth Bursary is not the only way FEDHASA Cape is empowering young professionals. The organisation also partners with the City of Cape Town and the Expanded Public Works Programme to offer opportunities, work readiness and training to young entrants into the industry, through a 12-month programme that assists with permanent employment in the industry through FEDHASA Cape members. The association is busy with preparations for the third intake of these young interns early in 2020.
The FEDHASA Cape Young Professionals segment runs a mentorship programme for young entrants in the industry, pairing them with an industry professional and leader. In addition, FEDHASA Cape also sponsors a bursary for the Hospitality Leadership programme, by the Graduate School of Business at UCT.
“Young entrants are the future leaders of our industry and as such, it is important to ensure there are opportunities for those who are passionate and enthusiastic, but who do not have the means to study further.”
The Youth Bursary is a legacy that we hope to leave at FEDHASA Cape, that will create a better future for all,” concludes Rosenberg.