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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.
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.