There’s an exciting line-up planned for the National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE) which takes place at the Joburg Expo Centre at Nasrec from Friday to Sunday this week.
The event is free-of-charge upon pre-registration and is targeted at Grade 8 to 12 learners, university, FET (further education and training), TVET (technical and vocational education and training) college students and unemployed graduates eager to learn what the tourism and hospitality industries have to offer in terms of career, entrepreneurial and job opportunities.
- Chef’s Corner: For those interested in a culinary career, a visit to the Chef’s Corner, hosted by the South African Chefs Association (SACA), is a must. Graduates from SACA’s National Youth Chefs Training Programme will be demonstrating.
- Mixology Corner: Mixology (the skill of mixing various drinks and ingredients to create cocktails) is a special craft that infuses creativity and flavour to enhance hospitality experiences. The Mixology Corner will bring the art of creating fun, enjoyable drinks to life. From the classics to fun innovations with a Mzansi twist.
- Hospitality Corner: Visit the Hospitality Corner to learn about the diverse range of careers in this field – from sommeliers to hotel general managers and event managers to casino directors.
- Conservation Corner: Nature conservation has a direct impact on the future sustainability of tourism. If you have an interest in nature and tourism, join us at the Conservation Corner to see how you can make an impact.
- Virtual Classroom & Recruitment Arena: Job candidates and employers meet here and is the place to hear top tips from managers who will give you the most up to date advice. Bring your CV along – you could get guidance on how to make it stand out. You could also meet a future employer.
- Educators’ Seminar: This curated schedule brings relevant insights and allows educators to interact with speakers from various institutions, industry bodies and organisations. This year’s focus is on map work, tour planning and foreign exchange.
Various competitions also take place during the three-day event. Some include:
- Public speaking: Tourism was one of the worst affected industries at the onset of the COVID pandemic. Even though Cabinet approved the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan in April 2021 as a response strategy, the sector remains under threat and requires large-scale consolidation and innovation to assist in its recovery. Young people have valuable ideas too and Grade 11 learners are invited to share their thoughts on restarting, rejuvenating and recovering the tourism industry.
- Hospitality category – Novelty High Cake: Each competing learner to create a three-layer novelty cake using at least three advanced garnishing methods, perfect for a delightful South African high tea.
- Soft Furnishing Category: Each province will be represented by one learner who will sew a cushion that meets the Grade 11 2021 PAT Guidelines’ criteria. On-site on the day of the competition without any input from non-participants.
The NTCE aims to help create and build jobs in the tourism industry with the theme Rebuilding A Resilient And Inclusive Tourism Sector For The Future. As well as the not-to-be-missed three-day live in-person event there is also an exciting virtual component, which will allow visitors from other provinces to attend online.
The event is hosted by the Department of Tourism in collaboration with the Culture Arts, Tourism, Hospitality & Sport Education Training Authority (CATHSSETA), the Gauteng Department of Economic Development represented by its provincial marketing agency, the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA).
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National Tourism Careers Expo (NTCE)
- The Johannesburg Expo Centre – Nasrec The Admin Building, Gate 2, Corner Nasrec and Rand Show roads, Johannesburg, Gauteng.
Friday, March 25, to Sunday, March 27, 2022, from 10am to 5pm
- Entry: Free for school and tertiary learners as well as educators upon pre-registration. Click here to register