PRESS RELEASE-The Sandals Corporate University has through its educational partner the University of Derby secured a full scholarship for one of its young and ambitious team members Kershiim Simon.
Simon will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Hospitality Management online from the university. This is the first time the initiative is being offered and it will be extended annually.
The University of Derby, a new SCU partner under the partnership with Education for Advancement formed in 2013, offers employees Sandals employees the opportunity to pursue higher education online. Through this partnership, a joint-funded scholarship was created to offer a full tuition scholarship to a deserving staff member.
The MA in International Hospitality Management is designed to meet the needs of the dynamic international hospitality industry, equipping students with practical and relevant skills, which combined with their existing experience, can help them to advance their career within the increasing complex industry.
Kershiim Simon, who currently holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Hospitality Management, is currently employed as an Inventory/Retail Supervisor. He began his professional journey with Sandals Resorts through the Hospitality Training Program (HTP) and has steadily grown with the Luxury Included® resort. Speaking about his award, Simon immediately credited his Training and Development Manager Melissa Clarke who according to him has always been a motivator pushing him to excel.
“From the onset I knew Sandals as being a very progressive company that values their human resource as an integral part of their operations. Work for me seems less of a job and more like an experience every day,” Simon said.
He pointed out that his application to the University of Derby through the Sandals Corporate University was not one that he entered into lightly. “I know this scholarship will give me the opportunity to expand my knowledge and make myself more marketable in this greatly competitive tourism industry, both regionally and internationally,” Simon said.
As all of the resources Simon will require for this program are online, he will have the flexibility to fit his study periods around his existing work commitments and shift patterns. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but Simon can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures. Through webinars and online discussion forums, he will connect with his online tutor and fellow students from around the world to discuss and debate key topics and share experiences within the dynamic tourism industry.
Simon will also develop skills and awareness of the various management functions, as part of the total business structures in a variety of organizations. This will include an understanding of globalization and the impacts of a multicultural workforce that can present organizational and operational challenges, as the concepts of service quality and customer satisfaction change rapidly in the market place.