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Sandals Resorts International emerged as the winner of Human Resource Development Excellence at the St. Lucia Business Awards during a red-carpet event over the weekend at Sandals Grande St. Lucian resort.
The event, which is held annually by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, recognized a number of companies for their excellence in various areas.
SRI Regional Manager for Human Resource and Training in the Eastern Caribbean, Ryan Matthew says that the award represents a proud day for all employees and management.
Upon accepting the award, Matthew said, “This award tonight is really owned by the 1200 team members in St. Lucia and their commitment to implementing the principles that they have learnt from our Human Resource professionals. We place a high premium on HR Development as a medium of giving us the competitive edge. It’s not how many luxury rooms, gourmet restaurants or mega-pools we build- but it’s about how many champions we develop.”
The Sandals executive told a gathering of business leaders in St. Lucia that he receives the award with great pride knowing that the company’s Chairman Butch Stewart and CEO Adam Stewart are both committed to developing people. To give credence to his claim he highlighted their approval of the Sandals Corporate University, a first by any organization in St. Lucia.
“Because of our commitment to training, Sandals has developed a reputation for high training and HR standards in the local tourism sector. Our employees are expected to be among the best trained and we go beyond this expectation to even train young people in the community with a desire to pursue a career in hospitality,” Matthew notes.
All 1200 Sandals employees in St. Lucia are students of the recently launched Sandals Corporate University whilst the luxury included resort chain trains over 200 unemployed youth in its Hospitality training program in various skillsets.
The resort company, which operates 800 opulent rooms and suites in St. Lucia, also facilitates dozens of internships and management trainee programs for students and young professionals both locally and internationally.
It spent some USD19 million in payroll cost and benefits to St. Lucian families.