Safari company, Asilia Africa, has launched a new training programme in East Africa with help from a US$100 000 grant from the Danish Investment Fund for Developing Countries.
The programme aims to upskill young Kenyans and Tanzanians and focuses on employees under the age of 35, allowing staff to train in different hospitality roles.
The programme enables those already employed in a specific role to train and gain an additional, external qualification in a new role, including guiding and camp management.
According to a statement from Asilia, employee training across East Africa is often based on peer training without a theoretical foundation, and qualifications obtained cannot be transferred to a certificate or diploma. This makes it difficult for employees to provide documentation to new employers when they move on in their career.
The training programme carried out at Asilia Africa is certified by internationally recognised institutions in the hospitality and safari guiding sectors. All students will receive a diploma to prove they have completed a professional training course.
“The shockwaves of COVID-19 have been profound around the world and no less felt in the remote communities and areas where we operate. We hope that by offering this training at this time, we can empower our staff and help them to become multi-skilled, and improve their future prospects,” said Asilia Africa’s Director of Operations, Gerard Beaton.