Overstrand Training Institute

Educating For Life

Overstrand Training Institute is a non-profit organisation that offers affordable, accessible and relevant skills training in Hermanus. Adults and youths alike are taught, trained and empowered to develop their education, career paths and goals while building their workplace skills and dreams. The passionate and dedicated team at Overstrand Training Institute focuses on practical and industry-related training programmes to prepare students for various job environments. The team also offer a support network by providing career advice, graduate support and assistance with the typing of CVs and business documents. An internet café is available for Overstrand Training Institute students and post-graduates.

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When students graduated from the Junior Achievement Programme in 2004, the need to prepare them for higher education was identified. It was with this motivation, and with ideas from these Enterprise students, that Overstrand Training Institute came to life during 2005.  

The institutes vision was to fill the skills gap in the Overstrand through affordable, accessible and relevant skills training. 

From humble beginnings, Overstrand Training Institute has grown into a recognised training centre that has given many young people the necessary skills to become confident and competent in the aim to secure employment.

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Overstrand Training Institute works closely together with industry to determine the need for specific skills training in the Overstrand area.  The courses and curriculums are then compiled accordingly, with specific outcomes in mind.

The institute’s growth and success is with thanks to their dedicated team and the community support.

Overstrand Training Institute complies and follows the SERVOL Caribbean Youth Development Program which was established in 1970.

Administrative Services

Administrative Services

Overstrand Training Institute offers the following administrative services:

  • Typing of Curriculum Vitae
  • Photocopying
  • Scanning and Email
  • Typing of business documents
  • Data capturing
  • Online registrations
  • Interviews and online registrations
Computer Courses

Computer Courses


Overstrand Training Institute aspires to make dreams a reality, which is why they offer a wide range of computer courses. 

Various Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) courses are available through partners of the Overstrand Training Institute. These courses look at a selection of different business categories. The Overstrand Training Institute has a fully equipped facility for adult training courses.

Courses include but are not limited to:

Basic Computer Literacy

The Basic Computer Literacy course does an in-depth study of the following modules:

  • Basic concepts of information technology
  • Using a computer
  • Managing files and folders
  • Microsoft Word 2010
  • Internet and e-mail
Intermediate Computer Literacy

The Intermediate Computer Literacy course does an in-depth study of the following modules:

  • Managing files and folders
  • Microsoft Word 2010 intermediate
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 intermediate
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 intermediate
Pastel Accounting

Pastel Accounting allows students to learn about all the functions required to be a successful bookkeeper. After successful completion of the online examination, a recognised certificate from Pastel is issued.

IT Workshop

IT Workshop

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This workshop aims to collect computers and computer parts which are in working condition for underprivileged students and people within the community. 

The driving force of this workshop is the public. Without their generous donations of classic and working condition computers, this workshop would cease to exist. 

The donated computers are fixed and sold at an affordable price and given to underprivileged students of the institute who can’t afford them.

For more information on how you can donate or contribute to this workshop contact Overstrand Training Institute directly.



It is important for the youth to learn about themselves and their place in the workplace.

They must be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses to find their purpose.

The Jumpstart programme offers career advice and coaching to prepare the youth for entering the workplace, by assisting them with their first CV, interview preparation and support for their first job.

Overstrand Training Institute is busy collaborating with different training partners and will soon be offering an extended variety of accredited courses, including on-line programmes,

For more information on course duration, fees, requirements, applications and information contact Overstrand Training Institute directly.

Hospitality Courses

Hospitality Courses

Overstrand Training Institute is the first step to a career in hospitality and hospitality courses include:


The Chef-Assistant Course is where future chefs in-the-making are taught the key skills to work in a restaurant kitchen. Students learn the basic kitchen fundamentals and preparation skills to start climbing the ladder in a professional kitchen team.

Breakfast Cook

The Breakfast Cook Course is a three-day programme focusing on a variety of modern breakfast dishes and basic kitchen skills.

Waiter and Waitress 

The Waiter and Waitress Training Programme covers all the important aspects of professional service and dealing with customers.

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Event Staff Service

Event Staff Service

Whether you require assistance with staff or managing events, Overstrand Training Institute has you covered. Take pride in knowing that you will be supporting the community and your function will be managed by trained staff.

For more information on these services contact the Overstrand Training Institute directly. 

The Bush Diner

The Bush Diner

The Bush Diner is situated on a farm in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley and is a rustic venue that can comfortably accommodate 50 people for events such as:

  • Birthday Parties
  • Seminars
  • Business Meetings
  • Year-End Functions
  • Bachelor Parties

The venue has kitchen facilities, a picnic and braai area and a dining room. 

For more information regarding venue availablitlity and cost, please contact Overstrand Training Institute directly.

Forest Adventure Centre

Forest Adventure Centre

The Forest Adventure Centre is a leadership and training skills centre for the youth in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. 

This centre was developed by the Overstrand Training Institute and is used for a wide range of support services and adventure and outdoor activities in partnership with Hermanus Forest Adventures. 

Forest Adventure Centre can accommodate 30 people in the cabin and up to 60 people at the campsite.

The Forest Theatre

The Forest Theatre is an open-air amphitheatre situated within the Forest Adventure centre in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

This venue can showcase talent shows, bachelor and children’s birthday parties and celebrations. It offers the ideal environment for outdoor activities, performing arts and team-building workshops.

The Forest Theatre has the backdrop of a vintage farmhouse, picnic seatings and bright tree lights contributing to a mystic ambience.

It has hosted concerts featuring well-known musicians such as:

  • Chris Chameleon
  • Watershed
  • Nianell

For more information on venue costs, availability and online registration contact Overstrand Training Institute directly.



Overstrand Training Institute hosts Hermanus’ local and well-known 5km parkrun every Saturday at the Forest Adventure Centre. 

The parkrun is perfect for friends and family to enjoy. After the run, you are more than welcome to grab a coffee and a snack at The Forest Adventure Centre to give the young professionals some valuable work experience.  

There are no costs involved for the run but an online registration process is required.

For more information and online registration go to www.parkrun.com 



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