The Lephalale FET (Further Education and Training) College is offering various short courses aimed at empowering employees in the eco tourism and hunting industry with professional skills.
"These courses have been designed in conjunction with the SA Hunters and Game Conservation Association (SAHGCA) and we welcome it as a boost for our industry and the professional standards we wish to maintain,"Â� said Dr Herman Els, Conservation Coordinator of SAHGCA.
The courses encompass skills such as animal tracking, meat processing, nature guide training, bush and professional cooking, basic photography, computer training, bartending, business accounting and computer skills.
Successful trainees will be awarded certificates to enhance their chances of finding employment. It will also empower them to start their own small business and create jobs for others.
The training at the newly built centre on the College grounds varies from 8 to 70 hours and from one to four days, while course prices vary between R180 and R1 500. The centre, managed by Marlese Carstens, comprises an office building, lecture room, kitchen, dining room, braai lapa, abattoir, meat processing unit and cold storage. In some courses students do practical training on game farms, at lodges and in a restaurant.
"The feedback that we received from employers and students alike was very positive and most of the students return for further training.
"We receive many enquiries from the local game farms searching for trained students to employ,"Â� said Carstens.
For more information, contact Marlese Carstens at 014 763 2252/3, or fax to 086 661 9010. The e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The website address is: www.lephalalefetcollege.co.za.
The table below sheds further light on some of the activities of the College.
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