THETA – the SETA for the tourism and hospitality industry– has announced its learner programme for 2010. Details are posted on its website From the looks of the website, the programme appears to be intended for large employers. Small employers will find it appealing only if they participated previously.

Contracts between employers, learners and THETA are for 12 months. THETA will pay learners and provide additional training. There is no obligation on an employer to employ the learner at the end of the 12 months. In line with Government's commitment to focus on rural development, THETA is very anxious to secure the participation of rural employers in the project.

This is an opportunity for young people from the Waterberg to obtain both work experience and occupational training at virtually no cost to employers and for employers to contribute to reducing the skills shortage and give hope to young work seekers.

I encourage members of the Waterberg Nature Conservancy, particularly large employers, to give serious consideration to participating in the programme. If you decide to participate, please let us know so that we can get an assessment of participation and the training needs that will have to be met. Applications to participate must be submitted 19 February.

Sam van Coller,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 083 267 5043