Gondwana kicks off the 2021 Go4Gold programme

Jan 22, 2021

Gondwana Go4Gold Academye, Namibia

The participants of Gondwana’s 2021 Go4Gold Academy. Back left to right: Erzaan Kurz, Constancia Festus, Daniela Diekmann, Uendjii Black. Middle left to right: Mathias Ndana, Romano Willemse, Selma Amenya, Maria Szabo, Lally Sambeha. Front left to right: Christiaan Jacobie, Cedrick Dennis, Ume Goldbeck (Team Trainer and Leadership Coach), Jacob Toloshi. Photo: Go4Gold

Despite these trying times, Gondwana Collection Namibia is embarking on the third Go4Gold journey with twelve motivated and enthusiastic potential young leaders. The Go4Gold Academy is structured around process-oriented learning, encouraging everyone to achieve their personal best.

Besides their work at Gondwana Collection Namibia, the participants attend six modules and complete five on-the-job projects as well as a year project. The first module took place from 18 to 22 January in Windhoek, attended by lodge- and Windhoek based Gondwanians.

“I have adjusted the content of the programme in such a way that Go4Gold is grooming Gondwana’s leaders for a new era in the tourism industry,” says Ume Goldbeck, the Go4Gold Team Trainer and Leadership Coach. “Guest expectations have shifted dramatically and very quickly. Transparency and trust are taking on entirely new dimensions and new skills will need to be developed to continue to deliver the highest levels of service to guests while still respecting the rules and regulations that are influencing us on every level of our lives.”

The hospitality sector has been among the worst-hit during the Corona-crisis. While this has been a deeply challenging time for all those involved in the world of hospitality, Ume Goldbeck sees good reasons to be optimistic about the industry’s recovery – a process that will be made easier by smart adaptation, flexibility, resilience, and a willingness to evolve with the times.

“These are attributes and skills which can be learned and will be the key focus during the Go4Gold Academy in 2021,” Ume says. “Another aspect to work on is to find a way to stimulate social contact while obeying physical distancing laws. The strategy for finding success in this challenging time is not a simple path but an adaptable mentality. We have a lot of work at Go4Gold 2021, but I am very excited to start this journey!”

The Go4Gold initiative forms part of the Gondwana Training Academy that was established in 2017. Only selected Gondwana employees can participate in the various in-house training programmes.