A hospitality school to help train Caymanians to work in the local tourism industry will offer places to up to 50 students when it get under way in September.
The University College of the Cayman Islands will host the School of Hospitality Studies that will educate students through a one-year program involving a three-day study week in the classroom and two days “shadowing” an industry professional in their chosen role.
The school will cover hospitality sectors including food and beverage, lodging, spa and wellness, recreation, attractions and events, regulations, and professional services.
Markus Mueri, co-owner of Abacus, Deckers and Karoo restaurants, said the school would target young Caymanians and would help model them “into an employee our industry needs and deserves.”
“Most students have no idea what it is to work in hospitality,” Mr. Mueri said. “The school gives them the opportunity to learn, see and experience the industry.”
Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell, speaking at the Cayman Islands Tourism Association AGM last week, said up to 50 students would be enrolled in the first program.
“Our people are our most valuable asset and while it is gratifying to achieve great tourism performance, it is evident that Caymanians – particularly our young people – are not sharing in the industry’s success to the extent they should be,” Mr. Kirkconnell said.
“The hospitality school will address this deficiency by providing the training necessary to shift the balance and qualify Caymanians to perform in the roles which are predominantly undertaken by expatriate workers.”
The hospitality school currently has 50 businesses involved in the program.