March 1, 2021

Discover the Exciting World of Hospitality with the International Hotel School

Here are four reasons why your dream career is in the world of hospitality.

With the 2021 school year well underway, many high school learners are faced with the most important decision they will ever make. For many, choosing a career is daunting but it’s only the first step in defining your future. Identifying the right qualification and the best tertiary institution that will support your career is critical.

If the idea of luxurious hotels, exotic destinations and mouth-watering food is right up your alley, the hospitality industry may be your dream career. A gateway to a glamorous and exciting lifestyle, many students have kickstarted their careers in the industry at the International Hotel School (IHS).

With a wide range of nationally registered and internationally recognised qualifications, IHS has been training the world’s hospitality leaders for more than 25 years and was created by the industry for the industry. Laurica Kok, the school’s Managing Director, says IHS’s long-standing reputation gives their graduates a head start.

“Whether its General Manager, Concierge, Guest Relations Manager or Chef, our student’s graduate job-ready and empowered with crucial practical work experience,” says Laurica. “The calibre of our graduates is recognised worldwide and it’s the reason that we are able to maintain our incredible 93% graduate employment rate.”

This high employment rate is bolstered by IHS’s local and international accreditations. IHS is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training, QCTO and CATHSSETA. Its campuses are all Confederation of Tourism and Hospitality (CTH) approved training centres and it is the only local tertiary institution offering internationally recognised programmes endorsed by the American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI).

“We are particularly proud of the fact that we are the only Hospitality and Culinary school in Africa ranked in the Top 50 Hospitality Universities in the world. All our accreditations are very important as they ensure that our graduates have the best start to their careers, whether they choose to work locally or internationally, ” Laurica adds.

If you are considering a career in the culinary and hospitality industry, here are Laurica’s top four reasons to become a part of this exciting global sector:

1. Travel the world

Travel and tourism is one of the biggest growing sectors worldwide and the industry is expected to create 100 million new jobs by 2029. This means the world really is your oyster. Would you like to work in your hometown? Live near the beach or manage a countryside retreat? You can choose any destination your heart desires!

2. Career Opportunities

Hospitality is a diverse industry. The roles within the industry are vast – with an IHS Degree or Diploma, you can manage a hotel or a restaurant, you could work on a cruise liner, for an airline or an exhibition centre. If working for yourself has always been your dream, the industry offers amazing opportunities for entrepreneurs and you will be able to learn from some of our students who are now proud owners of their own food trucks and restaurants. The career opportunities really are limitless!

3. Meet Amazing People

By definition, hospitality is about welcoming people. You will have the opportunity to meet and greet a diverse community of international travellers or you might encounter a cross-section of your hometown as the custodian of a local bar or restaurant. Whether you choose to work locally or internationally, you will be working alongside people from all over the world.

4. Building Networks

The best way to find your dream job in your dream destination is to know people everywhere. It helps to study among a network of students and alumni who have every base covered. IHS has an exciting student employment service, Beyond Grad, that connects exiting students and alumni with incredible job opportunities.  It supports all applicants throughout their job search and because it is an online platform, it affords students to create engaging profiles, giving them an excellent advantage in the job market.

It’s not only a network of people that IHS students will be able to access, the school is partnered with many leading hospitality brands including Sun International, Togo Sun, Legacy Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels, Protea Hotels Marriott and Oyster Box to name a few.

“Our industry partners assist us with Work Integrated Learning placements for our students and trainees. They impart their skills and industry knowledge to our students on an ongoing basis, ensuring that our students gain unrivalled practical work experience that will set them up for success in their upcoming careers,” Laurica concludes.  

If you are destined to become an IHS graduate with the world as your oyster, visit today to see which course will change your life.

Additional Information


Hospitality Management: Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality Operations Management (three years); Diploma in Hospitality Management (three years); Higher Certificate in Hospitality Management (one year); Higher Certificate in Food & Beverage Management (one year)

Culinary: Diploma in Professional Cookery and Kitchen Management (three years); Professional Cookery & Patisserie Programmes (two years); Professional Cookery Programmes (one year); Patisserie Programmes (one year)

Accreditation: Nationally Accredited with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET), Council on Higher Education (CHE), Cathsseta and Quality Council of Trades and Occupation (QCTO). Internationally Recognised by American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI), City & Guilds, and Confederation of Tourism & Hospitality (CTH).