Food School FAQs

What is the Eat Out Food School?

The Eat Out Food School, in partnership with Accredited Training Provider Drum Beat Academy, is opening in February 2021 and we are offering a fully funded 12-month learnership to students who meet the criteria and show a passion for the food and restaurant industry. We are registered as a Charitable Trust and currently in the process of registering for our PBO & Section 18A status.

Why was the School created?

Our aim is to help rebuild the restaurant industry in South Africa by giving back and upskilling historically disadvantaged youth to increase employment within the industry.

Eat Out and its partners will receive no commercial benefit from any donations received in support of the Trust – Eat Out and New Media are donating time, the team, brand, various running costs and resources to this initiative at no cost, so that all money donated can go directly to the objectives of the Trust.

What is Drum Beat Academy?

Drum Beat Academy focuses on the training of people in tourist guiding and hospitality in the tourism industry. They train between 200 and 300 tourism specialists annually. Its team consists of people with expertise in practical guiding and hands-on hospitality, as well as assessment and facilitation.

Why was it selected as the Accredited Training Provider?

They are a registered Accredited Training Provider with CATHSSETA (613/P/000035/2004), and its team members are qualified experts in the programmes they facilitate. They will manage the facilitation of the CATHSSETA modules, assessment and moderation. We are proud to be in partnership with them.


What certificate will a student gain at the end of the learnership?

At the end of the learnership, students who successfully pass will receive CATHSSETA’s Accredited National Certificate in Food & Beverage Service as well as CATHSSETA’s Accredited Skills Programme Cook: Convenience Food. During the year, students will also be exposed to many other exciting training opportunities and skills development classes.


What will you learn?

This qualification has been developed for people in the food and beverage service industry (hospitality). It brings together elements of food and drink preparation and service, as well as supervision. This qualification is applicable to all hospitality sectors, from small restaurants to large-scale hotels. To be eligible, completion of Grade 11 is required. 


Modules that we will cover:

  • Personal development
  • Hygiene in food preparation, cooking and storage
  • Communication and customer care
  • Stock control and finances
  • Food and drink service (table/bar/counter)
  • Supervision and First Aid
  • Knife skills
  • Cooking: Preparation, baking, frying, grilling, hot/cold, boiling, poaching and steaming

Other learnings will also include:

  • Basic marketing and social media
  • Food styling basics
  • Industry chef masterclasses
  • Customer service

How does a student apply for the class of 2021?

Students must apply online and submit the necessary documentation required.

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Please watch this space for 2022 applications.


When is the application deadline?

All applications must be submitted by 30 November 2020. No late submissions will be accepted.


How does the application process work?

  • Applications for admission close on 30 November 2020. 
  • If an applicant fits the initial criteria, they will be contacted for an interview that will take place in December 2020 at the Media24 office in Cape Town, or by telephone for students living outside of the Western Cape.
  • All applications will be vetted by the selection panel, made up of representatives from Eat Out and external industry experts.
  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by no later than 30 January 2021.
  • The first semester will commence on 15 February 2021 at the Media24 office in Cape Town CBD.

How do we select our students? 

Students who apply for the class of 2021 must be:

  • A South African citizen
  • Between the ages of 18 to 34
  • From a historically disadvantaged background
  • Someone who demonstrates a passion for the industry and willingness to learn
  • Fluent in English reading, with writing and communication skills

Do I have to pay to attend the Eat Out Food School?

No, the School is offering fully funded learnerships to 15 students who are successful during the application and interview process.


How will I know if my application was successful?

We will contact you in the first week of December to arrange an interview. Once all interviews have been completed, we will get in touch and let you know the outcome by no later than 30 January 2021.


Is this a full-time or part-time learnership?

Full time. You will be dedicating 12 months to the learnership, which will include theory and practicals in the classroom at the Cape Town Media24 office, as well as practical work experience in a restaurant during the days that you are not in class. Please note: Practical work experience does not guarantee tips/wages. This will be at the discretion of the establishment you work in.


How will I support my family if I am studying and working every day with no income?

As a student you will receive a monthly stipend of R3 000 to support your expenses and will have to account for how you spend it.


Will the School provide housing for me?

Unfortunately not; you will need to make your own living arrangements.


Will I still qualify if I have had any previous training/experience?

Yes, provided that you are currently unemployed and don’t have the financial means/support to afford to study, you may still apply. 




How do donors donate?

Donors can go online to to make donations via EFT, Snapscan and Zapper to support the Trust and its objectives. If they have donations of ingredients, kitchen appliances or time instead, they can contact


Can donors get a Section 18A?

Donors will receive Section 18A receipts for their donations as soon as our PBO registration is complete. 


Get in touch

About the Fund

The small print

  • Applicants will be selected in accordance with the Trust’s stated objectives and at its discretion. Eat Out Food School strictly reserves the right to request any further information in order to confirm that applicants meet the qualifying criteria. See application page <link> for qualifying criteria.
  • The School will support historically disadvantaged South Africans between the ages of 18 to 34 years.
  • Successful applicants undertake to respect and observe all applicable laws in the registration of their initiatives and the execution of their training and practicals during the year. Eat Out Food School does not accept any liability in this regard. Eat Out Food School has no control over and is not responsible for the accuracy of any information provided by applicants. 
  • Any funds received from donors will be used for the implementation and managing of the objectives of the Trust.
  • An applicant must comply with all relevant laws and regulations.
  • Eat Out Food School is registered as a Charitable Trust, and a subsidiary under New Media (Pty) Ltd, a division of Media24.

For the complete Terms and Conditions, click here