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Seychelles Minister for Tourism visits resort
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles supports Tourism Academy students
May 06, 2013
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, with its reputation as being one of Seychelles top high-end properties is fully supportive of the Seychelles Tourism Academy student’s internship programs. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has confirmed to Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, that they will be working with the Tourism Board to accommodate returning Seychellois graduates from their Hospitality Management Diploma from the Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland. The General Manager of the Resort assured the Minister that Four Seasons Resort Seychelles remains committed to give a chance to the young Seychellois graduates to pursue their dream as future managers in the island’s tourism industry.
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles proudly spelled out its very first Seychellois Manager-in-Training (MIT) since the course of this year with a strong dynamic team of two Seychellois who followed their management training course. One of the 2 Seychellois managers on training at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a former graduate from Shannon College of Hotel Management in Ireland, and the five-star resort will welcome on board its team another Seychellois graduate this year and an additional 2 sponsored by Four Seasons Resort Seychelles for their Advance Diploma Studies with Seychelles Tourism Academy who will join the Manager-in-Training (MIT) program in 2014.
Alex Porteous, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, explained to the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange, that the (MIT) is a twelve-month tailored program by the resort to provide practical hands-on training program to students who have completed their hotel management course at a recognized institution to prepare them to assume a management positions in the hotel at the end of their twelve-month training.
Alex Porteous was speaking during the official visit by Minister St.Ange at the resort to take stock of the hotel’s working environment for its employees and to follow Seychellois graduates returning from the Shannon College of Hotel Management as they take up their work placements.
Since 2009, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles intake of students from the Seychelles Tourism Academy to pursue their apprenticeship program continued to be on the rise. Sixty students from the academy have validated their apprenticeship program at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, and 17 are presently in full-time positions at the hotel. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles makes it a point that they are a success story in training and in promoting Seychellois into management positions. The Resort’s General Manager highlighted in his presentation to the Minister his property’s commitment to be supportive of the Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture’s vision to see hotel general managers respond to the country’s demand of giving Seychellois equal job opportunities as foreigners so that they grow in the tourism industry.
Statistic shows that the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles has employed over 400 Seychellois. The resort has given promotion to 50 full-time Seychellois, 12 of which are in management positions and 25 in supervisory positions. Flavien Joubert, the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy, who was accompanying Minister St.Ange on his official visits at the hotels, stressed about the “Four Seasons Resort’s positive input in the training of the academy students and for giving them rightful opportunities to progress in their respective fields.”
Minister Alain St.Ange has commended the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles for their response to the manpower needs of the industry and thanked the resort’s general manager for his continued support and commitment.
During the touring of the resort, Minister St.Ange outlined his ministry’s vision for the industry. He said that hotel properties will become part and parcel in the workings in preparations of the ministry’s policies, and they should seize the golden opportunities being given to move the industry forward as a solid team.