Tourism students put to work

Young people with a flair for
tourism had a chance to get involved with work experience as part of the
Tourism Apprenticeship Training Programme course. The TATP students took part
in an orientation session organised by the Department of Tourism earlier this
month.

“The orientation sessions are
critical to the success of the each Apprentice as it gives them the opportunity
to meet all of the various persons who will be providing the necessary support
to them during the Programme,” commented Oneisha Richards, the department’s deputy
director of tourism product development.

The event brought together
teachers, tourism industry professionals, the Cayman Islands Tourism Association,
the Tourism Apprenticeship Advisory Council and the Ministry and Department of
Tourism.

During the orientation, the
students heard from tourism professionals about their experiences in the
tourism industry and received a special presentation about having a positive
and proactive attitude in the workplace, said Miss Richards

“Work experience is a great way for
them to take the tools they’ve learnt in the classroom and apply them to
everyday situations,

“The apprentices must use this time
to become better acquainted with the level of service our visitors expect to
receive and to learn how to meet and exceed these expectations as well as to
solidify their career path in the tourism industry.”

The Tourism Apprenticeship Advisory
Council members, who will act as a Buddy to the students during the Programme,
also had the opportunity to personally introduce themselves to the Apprentices
that they will be working with over the course of their apprenticeship.

Based on the philosophy of learning
by doing, the Tourism Apprenticeship Training Programme provides Caymanians
with vocational skills, and combines on-the-job training with classroom
instruction.

 In partnership with University College of Cayman
Islands and the International College of the Cayman Islands, this one year,
full-time course leads Apprentices through to CARIBCERT Certification, a
professional certification programme specifically designed by the Caribbean
Hotel Association for the Caribbean tourism
industry. 

The spa attendant course leads apprentices
through to American Hotel & Lodging Association Certification.

Participants can choose from
careers in front office operations, food preparation operations, food & beverage
operations, housekeeping at an entry level and spa attendant.

For more information, interested
parties should visit www.caymanislands.ky/tatp or call
Alma McKenzie at the Department of Tourism on 949-0623.  

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