Luanda, Angola, 13 Nov – Luanda’s hotel and restaurant school, Escola de Hotelaria e Restauração, is due to train professionals that will work at the country’s hotels during the Africa Cup of Nations soccer championship, in January 2010, the Minister for Public Administration, Employment and Social Security said.
Speaking during the school’s inauguration, in the Talatona neighbourhood, Pitra Neto said that the project was the result of a cooperation programme between the governments of Angola and Brazil, whilst also involving his own Ministry and Brazilian companies Odebrecht and Prado Valladares.
According to Pitra Neto, in order to respond to a lack of qualified staff in the sector, professional training schools are being built all over the country.
As an example of the lack of qualified staff, he said that of the over 100,000 sector workers, only 6,000 had had any specific
training, which, in his opinion, showed the long road that still needed to be travelled in hotel training.
The school, which is equipped with laboratories for practical activities, will provide basic, technical and higher courses.
This bilateral cooperation programme also included construction of the Integrated Service to Citizens (SIAC), launched in 2007, and the Integrated Centre for Technological Training (Cinfotec), in 2008. (macauhub)