The Wolwedans Desert Academy trainees are usually split in 2 groups for their tenure at the Academy. Level 2 trainees are started off with theory in the first part of their year. Practical training is scheduled for the latter part of the year and covers their exposure to all aspects of the operation including housekeeping, F&B, the kitchen and front office operations. Their day is broken into a morning session and afternoon session with the week starting Monday - Saturday.
ACADEMY HOURS WEEKDAYS incl. Saturday - 700am - 1200 | 1500- 1730pm
The Level 2 trainees get their practical training for 2 days of the week. At the Wolwedans Village, trainees take an extended lunch break of 3 hours in the summertime to reset and rest after lunch. Trainees are rewarded with a rest day on Sundays.
Trainees on Level 3 are trained according to their speciality - having chosen between Food & Beverage Operations and Commercial Cookery. Their timetable is similar to that of the Level 2's, however is far more practical-based. Their time is split between theory based class sessions and advanced departemental duties that intergate them further into the operations of the Commercial entitiy. This is called 'The Living Classroom' approach and provides trainees with the unique opportunity to see first-hand how a fully-fledged tourism organisation operates from back-of-house operation to actual guest interaction. The departments covered are:
- Housekeeping (Base Village, Dunes Lodge, Dune Camp)
- Staff Kitchen
- Training Restaurant (at Wolwedans Village)
- Front Office
- Organic Garden
The trainees return home four (4) times a year to accommodate their scheduled terms, with a 2 week break each quarter.