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Sandals Resorts International books with University for training upgrade

Staff working for luxury Caribbean resorts company Sandals Resorts International are improving their customer service skills through a Masters degree course (MA) in International Hospitality Management, studied online through University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL). Sandals is a billion dollar company with 24 holiday centres based in and around the Caribbean, and 13,000 staff.

Studying at a distance and online gives busy Sandals' staff the opportunity to continue earning a living, while enhancing their knowledge of the industry and improving their future career prospects. UDOL teaches more than 40 different courses to more than 2,700 online distance learners, located all around the world.  

Among the Sandals’ staff now learning with UDOL is Kershiim Simon, an Inventory Control Supervisor based at the Sandals Grande St Lucian Spa & Beach Resort. His 500 word essay on his hopes and aspirations won Kershiim a free scholarship to study on the MA in International Hospitality Management degree; awarded and funded through UDOL, its Florida-based online learning business partner Education for Advancement (EFA) and Sandals’ in-house training agency, Sandals Corporate University (SCU).  

Kershiim, who has just begun his MA degree course studies, said: “I know this scholarship will give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and make myself more marketable in the highly competitive tourism industry, both regionally and internationally.”  

Mark Frederick, Vice-Principal and Registrar for Sandals Corporate University, added: “As we seek to provide career and professional development opportunities to our employees, we see access to online courses as being one of the main drivers behind delivering our corporate training. We look forward to working with the University of Derby to provide online courses and programmes, giving us access to a wide range of academic opportunities.”  

Julie Stone, Director of UDOL, said: “Online learning offers so much in the way of connecting a global network of individuals working in the same industry with similar challenges, enabling them to share information, and also provides learners with the opportunity to enhance their digital skills and abilities.  

“We are delighted to now be working to support the Sandals Corporate University in this way.”

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