THRIVE | Edition 2, 2021

Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Specialist, Charissa Bloomberg together with iFacts, are thrilled to announce the launch of their first integrity course at the University of Johannesburg School of Tourism and Hospitality. The course is both theoretical and practical, allowing students to learn the basics of integrity and giving them the opportunity to put this into practice. The programme has been rolled out through the School of Tourism and Hospitality’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) coordinator, Tracy Daniels. Bloomberg is so grateful to her for opening her doors to the students to learn and grow in a much needed arena. Integrity and soft skills are essential for 3rd and 4th year students who will enter the workplace for their WIL internships. Daniels has said that ‘it is the responsibility of the university to not only equip students with the academic knowledge for success but also with the soft skills that are increasingly demanded in the workplace. Following the devastating impacts of the COVID 19 pandemic on the tourism and hospitality industries, students who act with integrity as they enter these industries are essential for recovery and future sustainability. As we groom future entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers and leaders, integrity is an essential consideration’ After qualifying through an assessment and signing an Integrity Pledge, a certificate of integrity is issued to each successful student. The online modules are combined with virtual training, talks, and integrity assessments. Bloomberg brings excitement by having guests on her training to share experiences of how integrity pays in the workplace. Thanks to her guest David Paul Allan who shared his real life law firm experiences. Bloomberg has been working hard to implement Integrity training internationally and to make it accessible to everyone. She believes integrity is essential in all walks of life, and this is ground breaking. Thanks to iFacts for their collaboration in developing the programme. Jenny Reid (CEO, iFacts) says, ‘’sadly in the times we live integrity is not part of daily life and leaders often do not lead with integrity. We have an obligation to encourage integrity in the lives of the youth and the project with UJ has been great start for this”. This is a break through as the students are our future leaders and we need integrity development to be part of tertiary education internationally. The students also completed an exciting assignment where they went into the community to display integrity. Tourism & Hospitality with Integrity Charissa Bloomberg, Celebrity Psychologist and Integrity Specialist. CEO Hidden Dimensions and Integrity Forum “We need to raise the integrity meter. Integrity costs nothing, but when you lose it, you lose everything”. 9 THRIVE Edition 2