27 students of the Hotel Management and Catering Program under the Baptist Vocational Training Centre (BVTC), Bamenda of the CBC Health Services are currently undertaking a four-month intensive practical session at the CBC Health Services Resource Centre of Excellence, Mvan Yaoundé.
The practical session which began in March shall last till July 2023. It is divided into four major areas of focus: Food and beverage production, Front office, Housekeeping and laundry, and Management of resources.
The objective of the practical session is to equip the students with hands-on skills and knowledge that will enable them to gain employment immediately after they graduate in areas around hotel management and catering but could go on to work as front desk officers in any kind of company as well as being self-employed.
Speaking to reporters, The Administrator of the Resource Centre of Excellence, Yaoundé, Mr. Kadzem Claude, revealed that the students on practical experience at the Resource Centre constitute the 4th badge of students emanating from the Hotel Management and Catering program of the Baptist Vocational Training Centre since the program was introduced in 2019.
He went further to state that this is the second time the students from the school are carrying out their practical training at the Resource Centre of Excellence.
To Mr. Kadzem, The quality of persons graduating from the training program has greatly impacted the services offered at the CBC Health Services Resource Centre of Excellence, Mvan Yaoundé ‘Last year, the two staff of the year we had at the Resource Centre of Excellence were both caterers and that tells you that the school is training people who go out there and create impact’ he said. ‘
According to him, graduates from the Hotel Management and catering program have been very instrumental in providing in-patient catering services in CBC Health Facilities, Rest houses, and canteens
The Coordinator of the Practical Component BVTC emphasized that the program has invested a great deal in practical experience to ensure that it covers 30% theory and 70% practical as specified in the curriculum
I am thankful to the CBC Health Services for creating such an outstanding program under the BVTC because it has made some of us especially the youths know that we still have a place in Cameroon. So far, I have garnered enough skills in preparing African and continental dishes, baking cakes, cookies, pastries, pizza, and hamburgers among others’ Said Tigweh Neline, Trainee on practical experience.
It should be noted that the program provides a one-year diploma course in Hotel Management and Catering. In that light, the Administrator of the Technical Department of the CBC Health Services, Dr Nyuonguo Kenneth Nshom, stated that the Certificates are awarded to trainees by the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training after an end-of-course diploma examination. He equally stated that the results for the past three badges of students under the Hotel Management and Catering program have registered a 100% pass score.
It’s worth mentioning that the Baptist Vocational Training Centre was created in 2004 in Bamenda. Some trades offered at the centre include Building Construction, Electricity, Carpentry, Painting and Tiling, Computer Aided Designs, Auto Mechanics, Metal Works, and Biomedical Technology among others.