Young hotel alumnus Prince Chirwa, who has just graduated with a Baccalaureus Technologiae Degree in hospitality management from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, is the first candidate to participate in Red Carnation Hotel Collection South Africa’s (RCH SA) newly-launched hotel management programme. The programme is similar in style and concept to an already successful RCH initiative in the UK.
Owned by the Tollman family, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection is renowned for placing its employees at the heart of its operations, and for hiring talented individuals from all walks of life who are presented with the best available training and development opportunities. Staff members are encouraged to move within properties and often remain part of the Red Carnation family for many years. The group was recently listed in the UK Sunday Times “Top 100 Companies to Work For” for the third time, rising swiftly from 26th place in 2013 to 8th place in 2014.
Prince is originally from Malawi, but moved to South Africa as a young child. While studying for a diploma in hotel management at the Cape Town Hotel School in Granger Bay, he successfully completed internships at the Cape Grace in Cape Town and Hotel 41 in London. He went on to study for his Baccalaureus Technologiae Degree in Hospitality Management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. It was during this time that he joined Red Carnation’s two-year management programme, which aims to develop young talent into tomorrow’s Red Carnation leaders.
Prince is currently spending one year at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town as an intern. His training will also include a one-month stint at sister property Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in the Cederberg, before moving on to Red Carnation hotel The Oyster Box, for a further one-year internship. During this time Prince will work in all departments, getting exposed to management responsibilities, running special projects and initiating and implementing new ideas.
Once he has completed the programme, Prince will be in a position to take up a junior management position within the RCH group. From there, he will be able to continue his training and development, with the goal of moving up through the ranks within Red Carnation.
Prince is being personally mentored by executive director of The Twelve Apostles, Horst Frehse, throughout his internship. The respected South African hotelier is impressed by his young protégé’s progress. “Obtaining a Bachelor’s degree is a major achievement in any young person’s life and certainly the important foundation of Prince’s career path, together with the experience he has, and will be gaining at The Twelve Apostles and at The Oyster Box. We are delighted that Prince chose to join the RCH management programme and I look forward to a continuation of a long and rewarding relationship. I wish Prince much success and happiness for this career path, which I believe holds a great future for him!”