June 27, 2019

Work for a Year in the US Hospitality Industry

Capsicum and The Private Hotel School partner with youth travel specialists OVC.

Local culinary food and hospitality institutions, Capsicum Culinary Studio (CCS) and The Private Hotel School (PHS), have partnered with youth travel specialists OVC to give their students the opportunity to work in top hotels and resorts in the US for 12 months in paid internships.

Students at both schools, who have completed or will complete a one-year certificate in professional cookery or certificate in hospitality management this year, have the opportunity to fill one of 150 spots available for 2020 when OVC visit the schools’ campuses later this year to interview potential candidates.

Those who are enrolling for both the Capsicum and Private Hotel School July intake will be eligible to be interviewed by OVC and could be working in the US on completion of their course in July next year. The registration day for both CCS and PHS for the July intake takes place on Saturday, June 29 in the morning. But all campuses are open every Saturday morning from 9h00 to noon for enquiries about this programme.

Those who qualify will then be able to include international experience to their portfolio after the paid work experience in top establishments such as Gaylord Hotels, Great Wolf Lodge or McQuire Resorts.

In less than three years, more than 550 South African students have been placed in jobs in the US by OVC.

Mthatha-born chef Wandile Mabija graduated from Capsicum Culinary Studio’s Port Elizabeth campus in 2017 and found himself a year later at the prestigious Fairmont Austin Hotel in Austin, Texas thanks to OVC.

“It was a shock at first due to everything being new to me – from the food and the people and even the fact that they drive on the right-hand side of the road. However, it was such an amazing experience which allowed me to broaden my horizons and taught me so much.”

Says Capsicum and Private Hotel School MD Renee Hill:

“It’s an opportunity for people to change the course of their life, as hospitality is one of the fastest growing employment industries providing career opportunities globally, as well as in South Africa.”

Capsicum Culinary Studio is the largest chef school of its kind in South Africa with six campuses throughout the country and graduates who work around the world. Capsicum has branches in Boksburg, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria which collectively maintain a 95% pass rate. It also has more local and international accreditations and associations than most chef training institutes in South Africa.

Capsicum campuses:

  • Boksburg: Unit 6, Bartlett Lake Office Park, Cnr Leith and Trichards Roads, Boksburg
  • Pretoria: Menlyn Square, Ground Floor, South Building, 134 Aramist Ave, Waterkloof Glen.
  • Johannesburg: 3 Keyes Ave, Rosebank.
  • Port Elizabeth: 67 Newton Street, Newton Park.
  • Cape Town: 6th Floor, Rex Trueform Office Park, 263 Victoria Rd, Salt River.
  • Durban: 300 Granada Square, 16 Chartwell Dr, Umhlanga Rocks.

The Private Hotel School (TPHS), too, is regarded as a leader in its field and in its 13 years of operation in Stellenbosch, it has become renowned for offering exceptional hospitality training and higher education. TPHS has also launched a campus in Rosebank, Johannesburg.

The Private Hotel School campuses:

  • Johannesburg: 3 Keyes Ave, Rosebank.
  • Stellenbosch: 33 Stellenbosch Vlottenburg Rd

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