About Us


Welcome to our company – If you don’t like what you’re doing, why are you doing it? Have fun, no matter what.


Students at Work (PTY) Ltd has come a long way since being established in Johannesburg in 2009. The vision of our company has always been “hostmanship”, the art of making people feel welcome, in everything that we do, regardless if you are a business partner, an employee or an applicant. It is the way we assist our current and new clients, employees and applicants and in turn how we can assist you.

Our company, formerly known as known as ProServ Talent at Work was established in 2009 as a temporary student employment staffing and recruitment agency. One of our first projects was to provide all ten FIFA 2010 World Cup stadiums, with professional student-VIP waiters and barmen as well as Front of House staff during the 2009 Confederations and 2010 World Cup. This in close co-operation with Human Talent Consultancy which, as member of the European based Mise en Place Group, had acquired the exclusive contract for this purpose.

2010 – 2014

After the 2010 World Cup, Students at Work assisted several fine dining restaurants, hotels and catering companies in Johannesburg with temporary qualified project managers, professional waiters, barmen, hostesses and logistical staff. Furthermore our company specialized itself through our international partnerships  in becoming the international  gateway for South African hospitality students to work in the United States of America or the United Arabic Emirates.


2014 – Today

Today Students at Work is an independent South African SME company and level 4 B-BBEE contributor. We are the exclusive South African recruiter of the 1995 established company HRC International, the number 1 Hospitality placement agency for the USA. We assist South African hospitality graduates (or people with a minimum of 5 year experience the 4 or 5 star establishments) by offering them 12-18 month paid traineeships at the best hotels and restaurants in the USA.

Furthermore we also recruit for positions in the hospitality industry throughout the United Arab Emirates in cooperation with several of our colleagues in the field.

Last but not least we’re putting our extensive local and international hospitality experience at work in consultancy and project management for the international hospitality industry. We’ll be happy to assist your company with any queries or projects regarding recruitment & staffing, food & beverage operations, hotel-restaurant and bar operations, business planning or other any other consultancy  needs you might have. We can provide you with answers and assistance.


Niels BertschatDirector & General Manager USA

Hi my nNielsame is Niels Bertschat, and I am one of the two Directors of Students at Work. I hold a Bachelor and Master’s Degree (Barcelona, Spain) in Commerce & Hospitality Management.  I have been involved with the business since establishment in 2009. I am extremely passionate about the hospitality industry and its people – I love, live, eat, drink and breathe hospitality. Since the age of 16, I have been happily working in the industry all over the world in Europe/Africa and the United States of America in a variety of industries: Tourism/Restaurants/Catering/Event Management/Hotels/Marketing & Sales and of course, Staffing & Recruitment.

 NoelNoël Weltens – Director & General Manager South Africa

I’ve been in the International Hospitality industry for over 30 years. Born and raised in Maastricht, the Netherlands, where I graduated with a BA from the Hotel Management School in 1993. I have lived and worked in several places on 4 continents (so far). As you can guess I love to travel. I’ve been working and living in SA since setting up a company, Human Talent Consultancy in 2008 for the purpose of recruiting, training and managing VIP hospitality staff for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. I’m a foodie by nature and are the personification of “hostmanship” in work as much as in life.


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