Training unemployed Youth as Tourist Guides

At least 23 unemployed youths will be trained as Tourist Guides in Cape Town. This is a City of Cape Town initiative, aimed at preparing the Youth for the world of work in the tourism economy and reducing unemployment through skills development.

The pilot programme, run by the city’s Area Economic Development Branch which has Local Tourism Development as a section, will enrol these youths in SAQA- and Cathsseta-accredited tourist guide and first-aid training and assist them in registering as qualified tourist guides who are able to lead tourists through places of interest, including historical, cultural and regional importance both locally and nationally.

While the City of Cape Town will source the training service provider, it recognises that training alone is not sufficient to make these youths employable. It is therefore seeking partners to assist with in-service training for a period of three months to enhance their employment prospects once they’ve qualified as tourist guides.

The City of Cape Town will carry the costs of their employment in the form of stipends.

Target groups

  • Unemployed youth
  • Youth who are 23 years of age and older
  • Minimum Grade 12 of schooling
  • Proficiency in English language
  • Passionate about tourism
  • Dedicated and hardworking youth


The implementation of the programme will lead to the following outcomes:

  • An empowered youth who are ready to secure sustainable employment
  • Increased levels of tourism awareness
  • Improved tourists’ safety as a result of guiding services being provided by locals who know and understand unsafe areas.

Ronel Struwe, Tel: 021 417 4072
Email: or
Ntuthuko Mchunu, Tel: 021 417 4074
Cell: 073 186 7690

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