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20 Graduate Sandals’ Hospitality Training Programme

Sandals Royal Bahamian recently prepared 20 individuals to enter the world of Hospitality after they successfully completed the resort’s Hospitality Training Programme (HTP). The resort hired 65 per cent of the graduates who were eligible to work, following the six week exercise.

This summer’s HTP was special, as it included summer students who entered their final year of high school at the end of summer. The HTP is a chance for individuals to receive hospitality training throughout the various departments at Sandals’ prestigious resort property. The training is carried on at Sandals Emerald Bay on Exuma as well.

The training repertoire is never limited to just jobs around the resorts, but includes life skills, such as interviewing and etiquette.

The HTP students were admonished to use what they learned at Sandals Royal Bahamian to expand their future careers.
“Sandals Royal Bahamian has opened up a door and it is for you to cross through the threshold and build your lives within the hospitality industry,” Sandals Royal Bahamian’s Hotel Manager Charles Blacher told the HTP graduates. “This industry is not for the light-hearted. You need to understand the industry – there are no short cuts.”

This opportunity for the graduates comes at a time when the Bahamas tourism industry is facing exponential growth and the government and private sector have begun one of the largest training initiatives ever undertaken in the country.

“You just graduate this HTP class. Today you know a little bit, but this profession is not for the light hearted, ” said Mr. Blacher.

“Take full advantage of what you have been given and do not tell anyone you cannot. When they close the front door, come through the back. When they close the back, come in through the window. Do not anyone hold you back because your potential is what you take with you.”

HTP graduate Branishka Bullard said she arrived at the job clueless, but quickly found a mentor to guide and coach her.

“I obtained better communication skills working along other team members and guests,” said Ms. Bullard. “Working here widened my understanding on tourism. There were days that were challenging, but it was all a part of the experience… one I would not change for the world.”

Written by Jones Bahamas

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