Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma honoured with Princess Training Award 2018

The Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma (MIALD) has been recognised by the 2018 Princess Royal Training Awards. Designed to develop management and leadership skills, the programme has been awarded for its commitment to training and the positive impact it has had on young hotel professionals.  

A sought-after training scheme within the hotel industry, the MIALD covers eight key business areas, including business management, business marketing and sales and consumer management, and is taught at the country’s leading hotel venues. The diploma offers students the opportunity to learn more about their business, the industry and supports their career progression. The award-winning diploma opens for applications in December and is endorsed by the Institute of Hospitality, enabling graduating participants to be awarded Associate membership of the industry’s professional body.

Dr Hilary Cooke, MIALD Course Leader and Owner of Merlin Consultancy, said: “I am delighted the Master Innholders Aspiring Leaders Diploma has received such an outstanding affirmation of the quality of learning and development provided through the programme. This wouldn’t be possible without the generous support and passion of the Master Innholders and its members, with several of them, including the Chairman, joining me for the validation interviews for the awards.

“Since the programme has launched, it’s a pleasure to see a high percentage of our graduates in senior hotel management roles and continue their career path in the hospitality industry.”

The MIALD is now a member of the Community of Excellence made up of over 100 employers and initiatives recognised through the Princess Royal Training Awards. The awards will be presented to the Master Innholders and 47 other organisations at St James Palace on Wednesday 31 October 2018.

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