CTIA stays abreast of industry requirements and the demands that are placed on new employees, which means that we know what young, aspirant chefs need to succeed in the ever-expanding global hospitality environment.
Starting your career with a strong foundation will stand you in good stead as you enter and progress in this industry. Being a trained chef opens doors to a culinary path filled with diverse opportunities; from food styling and food writing, to working in catering companies, hotels, restaurants or cruise liners – or launching your own business. The possibilities are endless.
We believe in preparing our students for the job market in every way possible. It’s why we’ve crafted our catering courses to have the perfect balance of top-quality teaching and industry-specific training. We’ve worked hard to create fresh, pioneering course material that places our students at the forefront of modern South African and international culinary training.
We offer part-time options for students with limited availability, as well as a variety of short courses and master-class workshops for the home cook and culinary enthusiast. These courses are aimed at both beginner and untrained cooks who are looking for a structured knowledge framework. The short courses aim to teach you everything you need to know, without the complexities and demands of full-time studying.
A first-of-its-kind partnership between CTIA and the BHMS has opened a world of new prospects for students. Our QCTO Occupational Certificate: Chef graduates are now able to further their studies and obtain a Bachelor Degree in Culinary Arts from the BHMS.
Prepared for today, equipped for the future. With a strong focus on conscious cooking, our green environment prepares trainees for a more sustainable industry that values fair trade and minimal wastage. At our cooking school, we nurture an innovative approach to the hospitality industry that stands our students in good stead, not only for today but for the industry of tomorrow too. Plus, being innovative helps you to cook around everyday problems, such as load-shedding!
Practical learning for job-ready graduates. Together with our industry partners, we place our students in practical roles where they have the opportunity to gain invaluable experience through excellent mentorship. This industry experience not only leads to improved skill and confidence, but also puts our students ahead of the pack when it comes to applying for hospitality positions. We understand that to be a great chef, attitude and values are just as important as skills and knowledge. It’s why we focus on developing and evaluating our students across all these key areas, while emphasising important career advancing skills such as writing résumés, interview techniques and communication skills.
We respect our students and their budgets. With competitive fees and highly qualified trainers with vast industry experience, we undertake to give you the absolute best value for your money..
We understand that every student is unique. It’s why we take the time to nurture each individual, ensuring that every learner is reaching their full potential. Our lecturers play an important role in advising and helping students as they adjust to the training environment and progress as aspiring chefs.
A firm support acts as the perfect springboard. Our in-depth culinary programmes aim to equip students with an invaluable foundation upon which to launch a lifelong career. With the twin pillars of academic excellence and real-world experience, we strive to produce graduates who are both knowledgeable and confident in the kitchen, ensuring they have all the tools they need to make entering the job market a breeze. Our experienced staff help guide each student towards an industry placement that best suits them and their skillsets, as these practical environments offer the perfect opportunity to showcase potential, often leading to permanent employment after graduation. Beyond this, we try our very best to match students with relevant job opportunities, connecting them with reputable recruitment agencies that offer opportunities locally, internationally, and even on cruise liners.
CTIA is growing online! With the current Covid-19 pandemic, CTIA has opened up more options to make study more accessible to all our students. Students will be able to choose whether they wish to study completely from home, on Campus or a possible blend delivery of home and Campus.
In South Africa, all culinary schools have to align with the revised skills development strategy of the Organising Framework for Occupations. The revised strategy, which is in line with international trends and best practices, includes the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO). CTIA is proud to have been part of the development team for this programme; and we are fully accredited with the QCTO.
In terms of our internationally accredited offerings, CTIA has formed a long term partnership with City & Guilds (C&G) – a UK-based education organisation with global reach. Based on feedback from the industry, City & Guilds has updated their global hospitality qualifications to reflect the skills and competencies required by employers.
Excitingly, they have aligned these qualifications to the Global Hospitality Certification, our brand new global certification for the hospitality industry, developed in partnership with Worldchefs and employers around the world. This unique combination brings these new qualifications in line with current industry practices. These qualifications cover transferable as well as job role specific skills, set out by employers, offering a holistic approach to training learners to be work ready.
These programmes perfectly complement CTIA’s commitment to providing a cutting-edge education, and all the skills, experience and confidence needed to be ‘industry ready’ upon graduation.
Through its partnerships with national and global bodies, CTIA ensures its qualifications are recognised both locally and internationally.
We offer the following:
CTIA students get preference for international work opportunities through Placement International. Placement International is an American recruitment and placement company specializing in the luxury hospitality industry. They help international students and young professionals find paid internships, management training programs and first time jobs in the USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Students are also given the opportunity to apply for a 6 month paid internship in Maldives on the Maamutaa Island, in partnership with the Pullman Resort. Every 6 months students who are afforded this opportunity will work in a 5 star restaurant on this island.
You! Whether you’re interested in a career as a professional chef, want to launch your own culinary business or want to explore the rewarding field of chef training, CTIA has the right course for you. We offer industry-relevant skills that will help you get into the workplace faster and sustain your career longer; whatever challenges you may encounter.
We look forward to welcoming you to CTIA – and providing you with a strong platform to reach your full culinary potential. Visit any of our campuses to sample a taste of what CTIA has to offer!
A training semester lasts six months, of which approximately 70% is spent on campus and 30% is spent at one of CTIA’s approved industry partners. During their industry placement, students experience hands-on and on-the-job-coaching, under direct mentorship, in a realistic work environment. This offers trainees an ideal opportunity to implement and hone the practical skills that they’ve been taught during the training semester. Students gain a great deal of confidence in the kitchen during their practical placement, which gives them a distinct advantage over entry-level trainee chefs who enter the industry with little or no experience.