After finishing matric in 2004, 20-year-old Babelwa Magadla, enrolled for a course inbusiness computing, hoping to make a career in office administration. Instead,she spent most of the next two years jobless and increasingly depressed. Things began tochange when, in 2007, a frind showed her an advertisment for a training prog-ramme run bythe HYI, a training organization that prepares young people for careers in the hospitalityindustry. Babelwa enrolled for, and was soon accepted into, this SSACI-supported prog-ramme. After a one month residential training course in Grahamstown, Babelwa began afour-month internship at the three-star Cape Castle Hotel in Cape Town. Today, half-waythrough her interhsip, she has a firm job offer once her training is completed. Babelwa isvery excited about the prospect of a full-time job in a reputable hotel and is optimistic abouther future.Welcome Nkawana, is another example of a young person who has benefited from SSACI-sponsored training in the hospitality industry. In 2002, after completing his hotel internshipthrough this programme, Welcome jumped at the chance of a job in catring and today, at 31years of age, he is sous-chef in the up-market four-star Victoria Junction Hotel in CapeTown. Welcome is determined to achieve still more in his career.The HYI trains unemployed youth in entry level skills for the hospitality industry. The projecthas trained over 2,000 trainees over the last 7 years and has placed about 70% of them injobs. The training comprises technical skills, life skills and workplace based experience. Thefirst week is orientation, followed by one month in Grahamstown for institutional trainig, andthen four months in hotels and guest houses, where they are rotated through the variousdepartments, including housekeeping, catering, reception and restaurant-service. As with allother SSACI-supported training programmes, trainees also spend three days in an HIV/AIDsawareness workshop examining the potential impact of this disease on their lives and howthey can combat it.