Adding A Little Sunshine to The Hospitality Industry

Imagine an opportunity for students to achieve an internationally recognised qualification without a benchmarked entry qualification. This may sound too good to be true, but that is exactly what Sunshine Zimbabwe Project offers its students. Established in 2010 as a division of the Silver Linings Trust, Sunshine accommodates students with learning difficulties and those who may have failed to pursue their careers in the mainstream education sector. The entry qualifications are passion, willpower and a determination to learn in spite of one’s educational qualifications or physical condition. The Centre is registered with the Ministry of Higher & Tertiary Education.

There are two main divisions at Sunshine. The first being a vocational training centre for special needs adolescents and adults that focuses on personal development, social and educational skills. The other division is a certified City and Guilds Centre that has been customised to a high level of education, imparting the same skills and providing a place of personal growth to students with learning difficulties as any other City and Guilds Centre. Currently on offer are courses in Motor Vehicle Engineering, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Hospitality.

The Hospitality department aims to empower its students with skills that will enable them to go out into the industry and give service that is parallel to none. Meikles Hotel has also partnered with the Centre in the training of its students and exposing them to world-class service delivery. On the 20th of February, with the assistance of Meikles Foundation, the Hospitality students were afforded a rare opportunity to tour the entire Meikles hotel. This was an amazing experience for the students who are currently studying Reception Services and Food Preparation courses with City and Guilds. Hosted by Mr Matope, the Guest Relations Manager, the students and tutors were given a detailed tour of every department in the hotel.

This opportunity gave the students an insight into the service levels expected for a world-class five-star hotel and a deeper understanding of how the hotel functions as a whole. Various departmental heads also gave details of how they run their departments and how they have managed to maintain such high standards of service. It was a learning experience that no classroom could ever deliver. After the tour, the students were treated to an exquisite three-course lunch along with a display of flambé which was fascinating to watch, at La Fontaine Restuarant

Sunshine Zimbabwe Project wishes to express its gratitude for this priceless learning experience which has reignited our fire to continue imparting skills to our students and encourage them to soar further and higher than they ever thought possible. Meikles continues to be an example of the difference that organisations can make and have helped us to “Put a little sunshine to someone’s life”.