Archive for June, 2013

South African Butler Academy is Active around the world!

Posted on: June 27th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

SABA is active around the world! One of the advantages, is that we are able to work with Butlers from all corners of the globe. Here are some of the nationalities we have trained so far: American, Bangladeshi, Belgian, British, Dutch, Canadian, Chinese, Egyptian, Ethiopian, French, Indonesian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Kenyan, Malawian, Mauritian, Moroccan, Nepalese, Philippine, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Srilankan, South African, Swiss, Thai, Tajik, Turkish, Ugandan, Ukrainian, Uzbek and Zimbabwean.

Principal of SABA in the “House & Leisure” Magazine

Posted on: June 26th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

The Principal of the South African Butler Academy in the latest issue of the “House & Leisure” Magazine

 

Newton Cross

 

Frequently asked questions – Butler Training

Posted on: June 22nd, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

 

Questions you may want to ask before enrolling at the Butler Academy?

 

 

Q) Do you offer accommodation during the course?

 

A) Yes, we offer accommodation. The Butler Academy has a Butler Villa (Luxury Home) which is located a stones throw away from the Academy. Our students can choose to either share or to have a well equipped suite for themselves. The Accommodation is self catering, which includes:  a laundry facility, free Wi-Fi, Satellite TV, a fully equipped kitchen and living areas to relax in.  On site we have a Head Butler who supervises the accommodation for the 8 weeks and there is excellent security. We create a home from home.

 

 

Q) The Butler Academy Trainers? Do they have experience in the Butler field?

 

A) Definitely, the principal trainer at the Butler Academy is Mr. Cross who travels internationally and trains Butlers in Leading Hotels and Resorts. The on-going experience he obtains whilst training, is then invested in our students.  When you qualify as a Butler at the South African Butler Academy you are trained by Butlers who have experience in residential Butling and as well the Hotel industry. Mr. Cross worked in England as a professional Butler and he qualified from a Butler School in South Africa. During his time in England he was responsible for: preparing meals, running errands, caring for the silver ware, housekeeping, maintaining a herb garden, entertaining foreign guests (dignitaries), caring for the dogs and managing 3 properties.  Mr. Cross also worked as a Butler on the Queen Mary 2 for 2 years taking care of a long list of demanding clientele.

 

 

Q) I have done some research internationally and have found SABA to be exceptionally well presented. I have to ask why do Butler Training Schools charge so much for training?

 

 

A) We simply love this question! Truly some Institutes are definitely not calculating the rates correctly.  We recently saw a new Butler School opening their doors charging students over R90 000 for the course.  Another institution charged R12 500 including accommodation (we have concerns in this regard:  e.g. where would you stay and what bedding will you sleep in?)  With a rate of R12 500, it is impossible to employ 6 staff members and provide meals to the students, etc. Considering a rate of R90 000 or even R150 000 there is no guarantee that you will receive better training than at SABA. We believe in results driven training and the proof is in the pudding when it comes to the employment that we are able offer. We have received emails from Butlers across the world who have been trained by other institutions who request to be part of the SABA family.

Our fee includes meals and excursions during the course. Our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, from all walks of life and from all ages. Many are from the hospitality industry and others have had a business careers and have opted for change in career.

 

To be a professional butler, personal assistant or a household manager, you should have a number of traits and practical skills. During the SABA training course, you will have the opportunity to develop and practice exceptional skills as well as outstanding traits. Your Trainers will teach you how to interact with people who live a very affluent life – to be part of the Household and not the Family.

 

 

Q) Will I receive employment once the training is completed?

 

A) We do not guarantee a placement, but I can truly say – so far so good!! Every day someone receives employment at the Butler Academy. The recruitment team (Guild Recruitment) focuses solely on finding employment. They are based at the Academy and spends time with you as a Student Butler in developing your new career.  It is our pleasure to invite you to our Facebook page as we share every moment and every second with you. My question is  – why not join SABA? Our rates are by far the best calculated, our employment rate is excellent and your investment is secure!

 

 

Thank you for your questions, we are always open to answer any question as honestly as we possibly can!

 

Butler Service Training Handbook now for Sale – “Allow Me, Sir”©

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Butler Academy 2 Comments

 

“ALLOW ME ” NOW ON SALE! ©

 

With much anticipation our “Butler Training Handbook Book”® is now for sale – “Allow Me®” is now available.  The Butler Academy is proud to offer our training handbook for sale. Our Training Handbook on” How to offer a Butler Service” has been in demand since 2009, we are exceptionally excited to launch “Allow Me” The Butlers Handbook. ©

 

Some insight , Chapter 1: 

 

 

Please contact the Butler Academy for your copy – price is R3500.00 and is now available.

 

info@butleracademy.co.za

 

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British Butler Academy – South African Butler Academy British Butler Service

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

 

 

British Butler Academy – South African Butler Academy British Butler Service

 
Excellent Butler Training & Butler Service British Butler Style

 

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

 

This, of course, depends on your position, but being a Butler nowadays is very much a managerial, almost executive occupation.  After all, the Butler is responsible for just about everything that is happening (or not happening) in and around the house.

 

You could be hiring, training and/or instructing personnel.  Strictly speaking, the Butler is not responsible for the gardener(s) and the chauffeur(s), but more often than not, they are also his or her responsibility. The Butler is usually not in charge of nannies, but most would consider this a perk.

 

The Butler manages and administers the household budget.  He or she takes care of any house guests and also might prepare the guest room with flowers, towels, fruit, drinks and so forth. The Butler deals with contractors or any other outside personnel, supervising their work.

 

Duties also include organising special functions, such as dinner parties or receptions of any sort. Often it is appreciated if the Butler can do some light cooking as he or she may be preparing wonderful meals for people ranging from Royalty and Celebrities to Heads of State and important business people. This is unlike many restaurants, where you are expected to do more with less.

 

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German Butler Training School – Butler Training Germany

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

The Butler Academy – German Butler School

 

The Butler Academy is home to German students from Europe as member of the European Butler & Household Staff association we proudly offer our courses to accommodate international students.

 

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 

The Butler title originally applied to the person who was in charge of the wine cellar and dispensed liquors. Therefore the name is derived from the Middle English “bottler“, as well as from old French bouteillier, “bottle bearer”. This comes from the Latin word “buticula” meaning bottle.

 

In the European Middle Ages, ‘Butler’ meant precisely this: bottle bearer, but in time it came to mean an official of the crown, who nominally had charge of the wine, but who in fact was a person of high household rank, having different duties in different countries at different times.

 

The words that spring to mind when hearing the word ‘Butler’ are Great Britain, or rather, England.  Although male servants have been employed all over the world as long as one cares to remember, it was the British Butler who transformed this profession into a form of art and thus became the standard in this field.

 

A British Butler was authoritative, witty, snobbish, discreet and intelligent.  He was respected and feared, even by his employer. He knew everything there was to know about etiquette, food, drink, sterling silver and glassware, as well as things like literature, opera and history, and if he didn’t, he cunningly pretended he did.

 

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LOUIS CHE MANTOHBANG STUDENT JUNE 2013

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

Louis Course June 2013

I REALLY WANT TO START BY THANK YOU THE STAFF OF SABA, THIS COURSE HAS DONE SUCH AN EXCELLENT EFFECT ON  MY LIFE. I WAS NEVER IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS BEFORE, I HAVE LEARN SUCH A LOT IN SABA.  THE SABA COURSE HAS CHANGE ME SUCH A LOT, I’M INSPIRE WITH MANY THINGS TO DO, WITH THE  SABA CERTIFICATE I CAN WORK IN THE PRESIDENCY CAMEROON, PRIME MINISTER OFFICE ETC. I ALSO HAVE A DREAM TO OPERATE  HIGH STREET RESTURANT ONE DAY. THE MICHEL ROUX VIDEO VERY INSPIRING, THANK U MR. CROSS.THANK YOU SABA ADMINISTRATION, YOU ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE.
REGARDS
LOUIS CHE MANTOHBANG

RSG ROLENE

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

RSG – BUTLER ACADEMY ON RADIO

Dit was nou regtig interessant om na jul te luister oor RSG en toe op jul webblad nog meer te sien.Wens ek kon ook die opleiding meedoen!Ek sal beslis jul akademie op Albertinia promofeer.

Rolene

Stylish entertaining Tips from the Butler Academy

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Butler Academy No Comments

 

Butler Service & Butler Training

 

Entertaining & Table Service

 

One of the most important tips to remember when entertaining guests would be the number of guests attending the dinner. It is much easier to plan with fever guests than with larger groups. The WOW effect is also much easier to achieve this way.  At the Butler Academy we pay attention to detail, focus on the grouping of guests; choose guests from different industries who can share interests at the table or perhaps make new friends.

 

Style your dinning room in luxury, set a beautiful table with seasonal arrangements. Choose a menu with a vegetarian option or inclusion of vegetables. Never over plan, keep it simple with 3 courses, perhaps include a palate cleanser and always pare wine with food!  Plan your evening the day before or in advance, stick to fresh ingredients and always ask for any food allergies before hand.

Tip: Use Crystal Glassware, Linen Table Napkins, Silver Cutlery, Under plates and individual salt and pepper sets for each guest.  Make sure all clean and no finger marks! 

 

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If you do not have any assistance in the kitchen then try to set a Buffet for the Main Course and “plate service” the starter. Try and set a Canapé tray before hand and a drinks trolley.  Always prepare the guest bathroom with fresh flowers, guest amenities and a simple toilet roll fold. Guests love to learn and you are the teacher!

 

 

 

Remember; Create an excellent atmosphere, enjoy the evening and above all ensure that the food is hot and delicious. 

 

 

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Work as a Butler at the Burj Al Arab – Dubai

Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Butler Academy 1 Comment

Luxury  7 star Hotel in Dubai, offering exclusive services, such as our signature Butler Service. Hotel Butlers are extremely popular in Dubai, join the Butler Academy and Jet Set your Career!