Hospitality Management Studies 2016

Hospitality

Growth Institute announces the launch of a new Hospitality Management Program that is designed to meet the demands of today’s Hospitality Professionals.  The program is linked to qualifications issued by:

  • The Chartered Institute of Tourism and Hospitality
  • Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (under auspices of FASSET)

Combining a series of international Hospitality Management qualifications with a National Diploma (NQF 6) in Business Management equip students to meet the job demands of a Hospitality professional from the onset of his/her studies.

The program can be taken full time or as part of a learnership.  The program offers properties a range of tax benefits and other incentives that make study programs for interns and people on learnership highly affordable.

Properties can recover at least 60% of their investment through a learnership program.

Properties can also have access to benefits form the Youth Employment Scheme, thus making an ROI of 70% or more possible.

On-site training with access to online exam coaches is part of the program offering.

For more details contact us at:

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The True Cost of Training

In our practice, we often encounter views from employees who express their frustration with the fact that training is not regarded as being “part of the budget”. In other cases, requests for training are denied because companies see that as an unnecessary expense. Even when we deal with business managers when asked to propose a training program to them, the cost card or the budget card is played ever so often.

We agree in principle that companies have to be as frugal as possible in regards to expenditure. However, it remains somewhat of a puzzle why companies would diligently pay skills development levies but do not take action to leverage the recovery of the skills development levy through training.

Government’s skills development strategy puts emphasis on equipping as many people as possible with useful qualifications. There are specific directives in terms of tax rebates that can be claimed for training that leads to a qualification. In fact, the skills rebate model, if used properly, translated into the recovery of 80% or more of training costs.

SARS offers entry rebates and exit rebates on training programs that lead to a qualification.

Getting the entry rebate is relatively easy. The exit rebate, on the other hand, is linked to a qualification that must be achieved within a given period. Here lies the problem for many companies.

Not many learners actually finish a qualification. There are many reasons for learners not finishing what they started. The one reason that is in direct control of companies is the way employees are selected for training.

Companies who have strict selection criteria stand a greater chance to qualify for exit tax grants than those that simply want to tick a few compliance boxes.

For more details on optimising tax benefits, contact us for an appointment.

The Grudge of Skills

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The Grudge of Skills

In a recent edition of the WITS Business School’s Journal, the old tune to kick-starting the economy with entrepreneurship, skills development and infrastructure has again been echoed.

In principle these ideals make sense but in practice, the picture is sometimes (if not most of the time) far removed from reality.  Entrepreneurship and infrastructure development require deep skills bases.

In the contemporary discourse, “Skills Development” is mentioned in the same sentence as “BBBEE Scorecard”.  In fact, some in industry regard the two concepts as the same syllable.  Because there is a perception that skills development is always a result of the BBBEE scorecard, industry regards it as a grudge purchase.

  • They feel the BBBEE scorecard is enforced without rhyme or reason
  • Some in industry simply want to spend on training so that “the right boxes and be ticked”
  • Others attempt efforts to make a success of skills development but their internal capabilities are inadequate to ensure successful skills development programs

In addition, companies above a certain turnover must pay Skills Development Levies to the State.  The idea being that the State has, via Skills Development Levies, a pool of funds that can be used by industry to alleviate skills shortages in the country

In a short survey done by Growth Institute, it was remarkable how many we companies we encounter that do not make use of the opportunities created by tools such as Skills Development Levies, SARS Rebates and SETA grants.  It seems a mystery as to why opportunities as lost.

The survey did show that some segments in industry reveal the classic Ticker© behaviour.  In other words, regulatory compliance and true skills development are two mutually exclusive matters.

Tickers© do not care about giving skills improvement or skills building opportunities to employees and communities.  Ticker©-based learnerships create immense frustration for trainers, facilitators and employers alike because the calibre of learner is simply unique and almost not capable to obtain valuable and practical insights from learning interventions.

As long as Tickers rule, for so long will this country be exposed to circle arguments about moving the economy forward by means of skills.

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Sustainable Recruiting

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CONFERENCE: SUSTAINABLE RECRUITING

Date and Venue: 9 July 2015 at the Birchwood Conference Centre, Viewpoint Road, Bartlett, Boksburg

TOPICS OF THE DAY

  • Burning Platforms on BBBEE and Skills Development
  • Softening the impact of the new B-BBBEE codes on recruitment
  • Equipping recruiters for the 2024 recruitment landscape
  • Implementing vetting solutions to avoid costly mistakes
  • Becoming an indispensable part of skills development solutions
  • Recruiting disabled candidates
  • Overcoming scares skills challenges
  • Panel Discussion

REGISTRATION AND COSTS:

All key decision makers and senior managers at recruitment and HR companies receive preferential rates as shown hereunder

Early registration discounts. Invoices for tax purposes will be generated on request.

Early Registration (before 12 June 2015) – Recruitment and HR Practitioners R 2 600-00 per delegate
Standard Registration (until 1 July 2015) – Recruitment and HR Practitioners R 3 000-00 per delegate
Early Registration (before 12 June 2015) – Others R 2 800-00 per delegate
Standard Registration (Until 1 July 2015) – Others R 3 000-00 per delegate
10% Group discount (for 5 or more from same company)
EFT ONLY: Bank details will appear on booking invoice

 BOOKING

Book for the event by clicking on https://podio.com/webforms/12283610/842372

Proof of payment for all bookings as well as all dietary requirements must be send to us as an attachment via the booking form.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS EVENT

  1. SPACE TO THIS EVENT IS LIMITED AND ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE HANDLED ON A “FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED” BASIS.
  2. ALL BOOKINGS REQUIRE A 100% DEPOSIT ON RESERVATION.
  3. GROWTH INSTITUTE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO RESCHEDULE THIS EVENT IF IT DOES NOT MEET OUR MINIMUM NUMBER OF DELEGATES REQUIRED TO HOST THE EVENT.
  4. DELEGATES THAT CANNOT ATTEND THE ORIGINALLY BOOKED EVENT CAN TRANSFER THE BOOKING TO SOMEONE ELSE IN THE SAME COMPANY.
  5. GROWTH INSTITUTE WILL NOT CONSIDER REFUND REQUESTS IN CASE THAT SOMEONE CANNOT ATTEND THE EVENT. INSTEAD, DELEGATES WILL BE OFFERED A SEAT (FREE OF CHARGE) TO A SUBSEQUENT EVENT ON THE SAME TOPIC.
  6. ALL PAYMENTS TO BE MADE VIA EFT AT TIME OF BOOKING.
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    1. PLEASE USE YOUR NAME OR THE NAME OF YOUR ORGANIZATION AS A REFERENCE.
    2. PLEASE PREFIX YOUR REFERENCE WITH REC2024
  8. LIMITED EXHIBITION SPACE IS AVAILABLE TO DELEGATES
  9. DELEGATES WHO WISH TO MAKE USE OF SAID EXHIBITION SPACE SHOULD NOT NOTIFY GROWTH INSTITUTE IN WRITING.
  10. IN CASE OF (10) ABOVE, GROWTH INSTITUTE RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHARGE AN EXHIBITION FEE OF R 5 000-00 (FIVE THOUSAND RAND) PER DELEGATE
  11. DELEGATES SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR TAX CONSULTANTS WHETHER THE COST OF THIS EVENT CAN BE CLAIMED FROM SARS. GROWTH INSTITUTE DOES NOT MAKE ANY UTTERANCES ABOUT DELEGATES’ ABILITY TO MAKE SUCH CLAIMS TO SARS
  12. SUBMITTING BOOKING FORMS AND PAYMENTS FOR THE EVENT TO GROWTH INSTITUTE AND/OR ITS APPOINTED AGENTS CONSTITUTE ACCEPTANCE OF THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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The Reality of Alternatives

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The Reality of Alternatives

Gone are the days that mainstream universities are the only post-school option.  It is time to take a hard look at the impact that a three-year to four-year academic hiatus has on the workplace.

A number of questions must be asked and answers must be found to ensure that South Africa remains competitively relevant on the African continent.

Speaking to parents, friend and observing Angst reports in the media, suggest that South Africa’s education system is beyond repair.

We are moving back to the Stone Age

Suggesting that the education system is beyond repair creates a feeling of utter despondence in the national psyche.  The tough pioneer spirit that so many South Africans claim to have is gradually fading because we believe that Government must have all the answers and we can simply sit back and wait for the Land of Milk and Honey to come to us.

Repairing the bridge

The reality is that the ailing school system cannot be overhauled overnight.  it will take years – even decades – to repair the potholes that peppers our primary and secondary education landscape.  to wait for the system to be repaired “someday, somehow” is to wait for the Land of Milk and Honey to waltz around the corner and to announce a brave new world.

A time for action

  • It is time to realise that not all school leavers meet the criteria to go to university.
  • It is time to realise that many who struggle at university should consider
  • It is time to realise that, although “all road lead to Rome”, some travellers are simply not suited for the highway.  They need a scenic route

What is the alternative?

There is tremendous pressure on making sure that graduates or diplomats are industry-ready when the leave the hallowed halls of academia. A reality in which academics and practical experience are intermixed becomes an alternative to consider – especially in the context of Scarce Skills Development.

Growth Institute specialises in providing alternatives to industry. Our diplomats are groomed to be work-ready for positions ranging from entry-level to middle management.

Take action

Contact Growth Institute for more information at http://www.growthinstitute.co.za