The year of full time employment (experience in the industry) necessary in order to apply, can be gained by working in
all the various functional areas of any hotel for a period of a year. This experience does not necessarily have to
be gained by working for a Protea Hotel. However, some of our hotels do assist prospective Trainees to gain the
experience necessary. In this case the prospective Trainee is referred to as an Orientation Trainee.
Please note that Protea Hotels does not recruit for, or place, Orientation Trainees with our hotels from a
Protea Hotels Head Office perspective – this is a hotel level initiative. If you want to gain this experience
necessary in order to apply through a Protea Hotel you can visit our website www.proteahotels.com for a full
list of our hotels. Contact hotels suitably located and enquire whether they take in Orientation Trainees. If they do
you should apply to the hotel direct. Please ensure that you apply to more than one hotel to make sure that you are
successful in finding placement.
You should find a position within a hotel by the end of January, in order to be able to apply by the 31st of August
of the same year, for the 1st year intake in January of the following year.
Each programme has a duration of three years and equips trainees with practical skills, theoretical knowledge
and a broad understanding of the hospitality industry.
Trainees are placed with up to 3 (three) separate hotels, within the Protea Hospitality Group, during their
In-Service Training. Trainees are transferred in order to gain the experience of working in different types
of hotels (i.e. city centre, resort, country). The location at which a trainee may be placed is at the
discretion of the Group Training Manager, although the trainees' personal circumstances will be taken into
account where possible.
Trainees will spend a minimum of 1 (one) year with a hotel before being transferred to a new hotel.
Hotel transfers take place in January of each respective year and trainees are advised in early December
where they have been placed for the following year.
Hospitality Management Trainees work in all the different departments of the hotel and Professional Cookery
Trainees work in all the different sections that form part of, or contribute to, a hotel kitchen operation.
This is to gain a practical insight into hotel operations.
The theoretical aspect of the industry is covered by study-release periods at Hotel or Culinary School as well
as attending a number of short courses during each year. The trainees are also required to study and complete
a portfolio of evidence in their own time.
A year with a hotel will be broken down as follows:
- 43 (forty three) weeks of practical training in a designated Training Hotel
- 6 (six) weeks block release period at a Hotel/Culinary School designated by the Protea Hotels Institute for Professional Development; and
- 3 (three) weeks annual leave
The training hotel that the trainee is placed with on an annual basis is responsible to pay for the following:
- A monthly stipend (basic salary) as prescribed by the Protea Hotels Institute for Professional Development;
- The annual In-Service Trainee registration fee; and
- The annual study fees due to the hotel/culinary school.
The trainee will be required to provide for and pay the following costs:
- All expenses incurred in travelling to the training hotel you have been transferred to on an annual basis;
- The trainee is required to arrange their own accommodation at their own cost; and
- The trainee is responsible for their own transport (to and from work) and meals (during working hours).
A work-back period upon completion of the three years of In-Service Training will apply. Trainees will be required to
work for any Protea Hotel for a minimum of one year upon completion of their three year training programme.
Protea Hotels does not place trainees to complete their work-back year. Trainees need to seek and secure their own
permanent employment in order to complete their work-back year. We encourage trainees to pursue a position they wish
to start their career with.
It is rarely necessary to enforce the work-back obligation, but in the event that the trainee is unable to find
suitable employment the trainee will be placed in any available position at any Protea Hotel. The trainee will
only be released from their work back obligation should no vacancies within the group exist.
Applicants must formally apply before the end of August of each year for the course commencing in January of the
following year. No applications will be considered after the end of August.
All applications must be completed on the official Protea Hotels In-Service Traineeship Application Form in the
applicants own handwriting.
Protea Hotels In-Service
Traineeship Application Form
In addition, the application must be supported by:
- A passport-sized photograph of the applicant
- A certified copy of the applicants Matric (Grade 12) certificate or equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification
- Cover letter & detailed Curriculum Vitae
- Certified copies of school testimonials
- Previous work reference letters (where applicable)
All applications should be addressed to:
Protea Hospitality Group (Pty) Ltd
PO Box 75
Applications may be scanned and e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please ensure that if you e-mail your
application that the scanned documents are of a good and visible quality.
Applicants should bear in mind that, although he/she may possess the required qualifications, the number of available
places on each course is extremely limited and we would advise applicants to also apply to other suitable
hotels/companies in order to avoid disappointment.
Should you require additional information please e-mail your query to: email@example.com