InterContinental Fiji awards apprenticeships
- Category: Hotel
- Created on Wednesday, 06 June 2012 14:46
InterContinental Fiji awards apprenticeshipsInterContinental Fiji has awarded two four-year kitchen apprenticeships to Zenei Bano and Neevaj Narayan, as part of the IHG Fiji National Training Program. This initiative provides practical on-the-job training and guaranteed employment at the resort upon graduation.
Ms Bano aspires to become a head chef while Mr Narayan, who started his career as a floor manager at McDonalds, hopes to one day become an executive chef. According to Human Resource manager Mohammed Feroz, Ms Bano and Mr Narayan stood out from the other applicants as they embodied InterContinental Hotel’s core values; to be charming, making the guest experience memorable and staying in the moment.
The IHG program pioneers the initiative for hotels in Fiji by engaging apprentices in contracts between the resort and Fiji National University (FNU). The program is structured to support the apprentices with a strong curriculum and employment both during and after the course.
“The beauty of the program is that apprentices graduate as industry professionals with years of experience rather than novices who are yet to see inside a kitchen”, says Executive Sous Chef Lee Acreman.
The scheme is an addition to the resort’s multi-faceted training program which provides opportunities for trainees at multiple levels. While this program targets skilled workers, the Sanasana Academy offers training and placement to locals without formal qualifications. Furthermore, according Mr. Feroz, the outlook for the future is to develop a similar program for managerial traineeships.
“As a global company with over 4,500 hotels world-wide the prospects for our trainees are infinite,” Mr. Feroz said. “We are excited to offer these opportunities and support the development of local talent and professional workers in the tourism industry”.