The Student Housing Grading and Accreditation Council (SHGAC) has embarked on a recruitment drive for Grading Assessors interns for training and deployment for the grading of private student accommodation.
The Grading Assessors Youth Learnership initiative is targeted at the creation of about 2,500 youth grading assessors who will complete a 12 months internship under the guidance and mentorship of the Student Housing Grading and Accreditation Council (SHGAC).
Students who have completed their theory or are currently in their final year or semester of their Travel or Tourism Management studies at a college or university qualify to apply for the Grading Assessors Youth Learnership.
The selected applicants will undergo a customized Grading Assessment Training Program that will qualify them as Grading Assessors for the Student Housing Grading and Accreditation Council (SHGAC).
The SHGAC Grading Assessors interns will be employed and deployed to conduct grading assessment of private student accommodation in various college or university towns across South Africa.
The provision of student accommodation or housing contributes immensely towards student learning, development and success.
Statistics shows that students who are provided with adequate, quality and fit-for-purpose accommodation perform better academically, than those who have no access to student housing.
An investment in the properly regulated student housing industry, will not only improve student tourism and student economy, but it will improve student graduate or completion rates from the current lowly 25% to an improved graduation threshold of 50% and above by 2030, as expected by the National Development Plan.
Student Times readers and members of the public including relevant stakeholders have been invited to participate in the online survey for the development of grading criteria.