Botswana Partner to launch country's first Business and Leisure School
BAC has deliberately decided to confront head-on the skills’ deficit in the hospitality and tourism sector for highly trained individuals at all levels.
Our long standing Botswana partner, Botswana Accountancy College (BAC), launches one of the country's first School of Business and Leisure in Francistown thanks to its partnership with the College of Business at the University of Derby. The franchise partnership, which started in 2008 now offers African students, not only from Botswana but also neighboring countries, to study a UK degree in Botswana.
BAC's offers a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivered in Botswana in partnership with the University of Derby. Prgrammes include MSc Strategic Management and BA (Hons) International Tourism Management in the capital city Gabarone, and since 2013 BA (Hons) in International Tourism Management, International Hospitality Management and Salon Management in Francistown.
The Patriot, Gabarone's local newpaper revealed the news on Sunday 20th September.
BAC has deliberately decided to confront head-on the skills’ deficit in the hospitality and tourism sector for highly trained individuals at all levels. It is against this backdrop that the BAC launched its School of Business and Leisure in Francistown.
“There is sufficient evidence to suggest that a wide gap exists between the professional and skilled personnel in our hospitality industry,” revealed the BAC Executive Director Michael Lesolle when officially launching the school at the Francistown College of Technical and Vocational Education (FCTVE) last Thursday.
Lesolle added: “Learners at the college are positioned to acquire the skills sets and matrix of competencies which will equip them with whatever it takes tom meet and exceed the expectations of today’s sophisticated traveler.”
By its nature, Lesolle said the tourism sector is labour intensive and has the multiplier effect when the commercialisation of tourism is designed in a structured way at national level, the reduction of unemployment among other things will be achieved. Lesolle revealed that there are various tourist destinations across the globe spread mainly between Europe, Asia and the Pacific, China, Australia, America, Africa and the Middle East. “All countries the world over – including our own country – compete for the same travelers and visitors from various parts of the world,” said Lesolle, adding that BAC has decided to offer the young people of Botswana a career path in a sector which can offer a rewarding and fulfilling occupation.