Ramallah (March 20, 2012)- The Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani and the board members of the Episcopal Technological and Vocational Training Center opened the new renovated training kitchen on Tuesday, March 20, 2012. The Hotel School effort is to help young people gain Job skills in the growing tourism and hospitality industry in Palestine.
The new renovated facility will enable students to gain practical experience in cooking for and serving actual customers in conditions similar to those of a professional restaurant and catering facilities.
Palestine is faced with a shortage of skilled personnel in Hospitality sector, particularly of cooks and waiters. At the same time, unemployment, especially among young people is particularly high in the country. To address this situation, The Episcopal Vocational Training Center, in cooperation with the Arab Evangelical School, founded the first Hotel School in the Westbank in 2008. The school offers a two years vocational program that gives the High school (Tawjihi) certificate, as well as short training courses in cooking, service, hospitality management and nutrition that are accredited from the Ministries of Education and Labor.
The ETVTC partners from the Paulinenpflege Germany, the diocese office staff in Jerusalem and many other friends joined us in an extraordinary dinner prepared by the Hotel School students and trainers. To date, more than 220 students have been trained in different courses at the Vocational Training Center.