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Hospitality and Lottery: How to Explore Opportunity. CATHSSETA also offers careers in arts, sport and conservation. Certain sectors within CATHSSETA offer more opportunities. The hospitality and Gaming sectors have more money available for development.

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Creative careers are cool, but… CATHSSETA sectors face challenges of job instability combined with low pay, long working hours and lack of clear career paths. The majority of employees within the sector are youth and many jobs in the sector are seen as transition jobs.

This could mean that those who have entrepreneurial goals, not employment goals, can create opportunities. So if you’re an artist and business person, this may be a good sector for you. If you aim to find permanent employment as an artist, you may struggle.

Lottery, Gambling and Hospitality: CATHSSETA’s Most Sustainable Sectors

Certain industry sectors within CATHSSETA offer more opportunities than others. The hospitality and Gaming sectors make loads of money which results in more money available for development.

If you’re an artist, dancer, musician or other cultural workers, consider joining a co-op or starting one. As individuals, you’ll struggle to secure limited funds for skills development.

The creative industries tend to rely on available talent as opposed to employing people full-time. For example events, companies hire staff when an event is scheduled but employ limited full-time staff.

Lottery, Gambling, and Hospitality are sustainable sectors for several reasons:

  1. High Demand: The lottery, gambling, and hospitality industries have a high demand for skilled workers, and there are always job opportunities available in these sectors. As such, training in these areas is highly sought after, making them sustainable in the long term.
  2. Economic Growth: These sectors are significant contributors to the South African economy, with the lottery and gambling industries generating significant revenue for the government. Similarly, the hospitality sector is a significant contributor to tourism, which is a major source of income for the country. As such, investing in training for these industries is essential for their continued growth and sustainability.
  3. Diverse Career Opportunities: The lottery, gambling, and hospitality industries offer a wide range of career opportunities, from entry-level positions to management roles. These careers also offer flexibility in terms of working hours, with many positions offering part-time and full-time work options.
  4. International Appeal: The lottery, gambling, and hospitality industries are globally recognized, making the skills and knowledge acquired through training in these areas transferable to other countries, increasing the potential for international job opportunities.

Overall, investing in training for the lottery, gambling, and hospitality sectors is a sound investment as they are sustainable and contribute significantly to the South African economy. Additionally, these industries offer diverse career opportunities and are globally recognized, making them attractive to those looking to pursue a career in these fields.

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CATHSSETA Offers Cool Careers

CATHSSETA (Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority) is responsible for implementing skills development initiatives in the culture, arts, tourism, hospitality, and sports sectors.

Interesting facts and statistics about CATHSSETA Career Training:

  1. In the financial year 2019-2020, CATHSSETA registered 19,015 learners for skills programs, 7,912 learners for learnerships, and 3,461 learners for internships. (Source: CATHSSETA Annual Report 2019-2020)
  2. The CATHSSETA has trained 12,260 learners through the Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) program from 2018 to 2020. (Source: CATHSSETA Annual Report 2019-2020)
  3. In the 2018/2019 financial year, CATHSSETA disbursed over R197 million in skills development grants to 796 employers in the culture, arts, tourism, hospitality, and sport sectors. (Source: CATHSSETA Annual Report 2018-2019)
  4. CATHSSETA offers a wide range of learnerships in various fields, including events management, food and beverage services, travel services, and sports management. (Source: CATHSSETA Learnerships)
  5. In partnership with the Department of Tourism, CATHSSETA offers a national learnership program called the National Tourism Monitors (NTM) program, which provides training to unemployed youth in the tourism industry. (Source: CATHSSETA National Tourism Monitors)

CATHSSETA careers are cool because they offer opportunities for people to work in dynamic and exciting industries, including the arts, culture, tourism, and sports sectors. These careers allow individuals to express their creativity, work with people from diverse backgrounds, and contribute to the growth of the South African economy. Moreover, CATHSSETA training programs provide learners with valuable skills and knowledge that are essential for success in these industries. Overall, CATHSSETA training and careers provide a unique and rewarding experience for individuals looking to pursue their passion in these fields.


What Jobs are Scarce in CATHSSETA Sectors?

CATHSSETA has identified several scarce or critical skills in its sectors, which are in high demand and require specialized training.

These scarce and critical skills in the CATHSSETA sectors represent significant career opportunities for individuals looking to pursue a career in the culture, arts, tourism, hospitality, and sports industries. By acquiring these specialized skills, individuals can increase their employability and contribute to the growth and sustainability of these sectors.

Below are some examples of skills that are in demand:

  1. Chefs and Cooks: Chefs and cooks are in high demand in the hospitality sector, with a particular need for those with experience in international cuisine. (Source: CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide)
  2. Tourist Guiding: There is a high demand for qualified tourist guides in the tourism sector, especially those who can speak multiple languages and have knowledge of local history and culture. (Source: CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide)
  3. Sports Science: Sports science is a critical skill in the sports sector, with a need for professionals who can design and implement training programs, perform fitness assessments, and provide injury prevention and rehabilitation. (Source: CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide)
  4. Event Management: Event management is a scarce skill in the events industry, with a need for professionals who can plan and execute large-scale events, conferences, and exhibitions. (Source: CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide)
  5. Gaming and Hospitality Management: The gaming and hospitality industries require professionals with skills in management, including financial management, human resource management, and marketing. (Source: CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide)

CATHSSETA Scarce and Critical Skills Guide:


The descriptions of the sectors below will help you determine if you’re interested in pursuing opportunities here.


The Hospitality (HOSP) sub-sector comprises hotels, motels, boatels and inns, guest houses and guest farms, bed and breakfasts, management and operation of game lodges, caravan parks & camping sites, restaurants and tearooms with or without liquor licenses, fast food establishments, take away restaurants, caterers and catering services, timesharing and bioscope cafes.

Tourism and Travel Services

representing retail and general travel operations, inbound tourism services, airlines, car rental and event management, tourist guiding (including adventure guiding), hunting, trekking and safari operators.

The Gaming and Lotteries (G&L) sub-sector consists of gambling, licensed casinos, the National Lottery, operation and management of horse racing events, clubs and academies, totalisators, bookmakers, limited payout machines (LPMs) and bingo operators.


The Conservation (CONS) sub-sector includes hunting & trapping, activities of conservation bodies, game parks, reserves, wild life parks, zoological establishments and botanical gardens as well as wildlife conservation.

Sport, Recreation and Fitness

The Sport, Recreation and Fitness (SRF) sub-sector includes sporting activities, sport federations, the operation and management of sporting facilities, clubs and sports academies, the promotion and management of sporting events and activities both motorised and non-motorised, amusement parks, recreational and cultural activities, operation & management of recreation parks, beaches, fairs, shows and facilities, and the operation and management of health & well-being centres including hydros, spas and fitness centres.

Arts, Culture and Heritage

The Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) sub-sector consists of production of arts, crafts designer goods and souvenirs, casting for film, television and theatre, dramatic arts, entertainment, museum activities, monuments and the preservation of historical sites and buildings, management and operation of museums, cultural and heritage activities, music and theatre, as well as arts councils and their activities.

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Hospitality and Lottery: How to Explore Opportunity