Coconut Bay launches Annual Job Fair and Internship Programme

Coconut Bay

General Manager Mark Hawken screening a hopeful candidate.

PRESS RELEASE – Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa continues its focus and support for the educational sector through the implementation of its first ever hotel-initiated Annual Job Fair and Internship Programme.

Although the hotel has had a history of facilitating interns from educational institutions in the south, this is the first time that the hotel is undertaking such a programme based on its own motivation.

The programme was launched on Monday, June 23 with the successful staging of a one-day job fair targeting secondary and tertiary school-leavers in the south of the island.

Over 50 young persons participated in this initial exercise which involved a process of interviewing and screening. The hotel as of Monday of this week began the second phase of this programme when it absorbed a total of 27 young persons who will form part of a four-week internship programme from July 7 to August 2.

A candidate and senior staff member during the interview process.

This initiative, which is intended to be an annual undertaking, is geared towards facilitating these young persons through exposure (as potential employees) to the job-seeking experience as well as hands-on work experience within the hospitality sector. The management of Coconut Bay is of the view that through exposure to internationally-accredited competencies and expertise, young persons will be better able to make a determination about possible careers within the industry.

During the four-week period, interns will be attached to the restaurant, housekeeping, front desk/guest services and kitchen departments, among others. Their four-week stint will also see them being exposed to training lectures on various topics such as: guest expectations, product knowledge, stress management, professional standards/business etiquette, etc.

The Annual Job Fair and Internship Programme is part of an ongoing effort by Coconut Bay to cultivate a cadre of young persons who have benefited from entry-level training.

Management envisages that through investment in such training and exposure these young school-leavers will begin to examine their options to actively pursue career paths in the hospitality industry.

Participants in the four-week internship stint at Coconut Bay will receive a lump-sum stipend for the period of engagement. They will also benefit from daily meals and would be handed certificates at a graduation ceremony to be held soon after conclusion of the internship exercise.

Participants at job fair completing paper work.

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  1. well done coco nut bay, a step in the right direction in these harsh economic climate.

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