The Mantis Community Upliftment Programme and Stenden South Africa have joined forces to provide a free week-long hospitality training workshop for 80 people from disadvantaged communities around Fish River Resort. The programme will be hosted at Fish River Resort, the training is formulated and will be conducted by Stenden South Africa, and is fully sponsored by Mantis Collection and the Community Conservation Fund Africa (CCFA).

The CCFA is a registered NPC whose founding sponsors are AccorHotels and Mantis. These two hospitality companies recognised the urgent need for the tourism industry to play a greater role in conservation and community upliftment. “CCFA was founded by Adrian Gardiner of the Mantis Collection and was set up to help put up the spotlight on rural African communities that live among the wild animals but by and large have received few benefits from this often-difficult privilege. CCFA’s mission is to address these inequalities and investigate ways of giving the rural African communities a role in wildlife ownership and management”, said Di Luden from CCFA. One full day in the week-long course will be dedicated to Conservation.

The Hospitality Training Course will be held at Fish River Resort, and is only open to residents from the communities of Prudhoe, Benton, Nier, Bell, Peddie, Hamburg, Gcinisa, and Mgababa.

Mantis Collection successfully reopened and has managed the Fish River Resort for the past 15 months, employing 63 people from the surrounding communities.

Explaining the purpose of the workshop, Chairman of Mantis, Adrian Gardiner, said in a statement that Mantis intends to develop the capacity of individuals and groups of all ages and that through this programme in order to improve their quality of life.

The workshop is funded by Mantis and will be facilitated by lecturers from Stenden South Africa, which is a leader in hospitality training. The relationship between Stenden and Mantis goes back to 2001 when Adrian Gardiner co-founded Stenden South Africa. Mantis has since sponsored numerous students from disadvantaged communities in the Eastern Cape and incorporated them into the ranks of Mantis establishments around the world. In 2019, the first recipients of the combined AccorHotels and Mantis bursary, Bulelwa Maxam and Tumelo Daniels, started their degrees in Hospitality Management. These young women will be the proud ambassadors for the Mantis Community Upliftment Programme. “When administered properly, community-based learning can be invaluable to the learner and assist in procuring permanent employment,” Gardiner said.

All applicants must have a valid ID, provide proof of residence and valid contact details, be over 18 and have a Grade 10.

In addition, there is a R100 registration fee, and a R150 travel allowance both refundable/payable subject to the satisfactory attendance and completion of the five-day course.

Fish River Resort manager, Ashley Palm, states that The Mantis Community Upliftment Programm ticks all these boxes in that it fulfils a gap in the employment cycle of the Eastern Cape. Mantis is targeting people between 18 and 30, but the MCUP is not limited to that specific age group. Anyone able and eager to take full advantage of this opportunity is welcome to apply.

Successful candidates will be divided into four groups of 20 students each, with each group undergoing a back-to-back five-day course between July 1st -12th 2019. Classes will be from 9am to 4pm daily. Those selected must commit to attending every single daily session.

The course modules are as follows:

Introduction to hospitality, restaurant service, carrying methods, communication, grooming and hygiene, hosting, personal leadership, bar service, serving wine, housekeeping, with one full day dedicated to conservation awareness.

Candidates that successfully complete the course will receive a Stenden and Mantis Collection endorsed certificate which they can use on their job-seeking endeavours.

Students will be allocated a R150 travel allowance for their own daily transport to and from the resort for the duration of the course.

Successful candidates will be contacted and notified if they have been accepted and then invited to an “orientation day” in which they will learn about the training programme and meet the team. Tea and coffee will be available in the morning, and a light lunch will be served to the students at no charge.

See http://stenden.ac.za/mantis-community-training/

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