Student intern Tupeni Manulevu making a difference on the job at InterContinental Fiji.
Tourism students at The University of the South Pacific will now be further exposed to industrial attachments following the School of Tourism & Hospitality Managements’ successful collaboration with hotels around the country.
Currently, eight students are undergoing their one year-apprenticeship with the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.
InterContinental Training Manager Jacob Pau’u said their aim was to fine-tune students’ skills and help them gain experience in the industry before they graduate in 2016.
“With the long term objective to strengthen Fiji’s tourism industry by investing in its people, the resort is one of the only tourism operators in Fiji to partner with local education institutions for paid apprenticeships,” he said.
“We want to provide our interns with as much hands-on experience as possible to give them an opportunity to apply the theory they’ve learnt in the classroom to real-world situations,” said Pau’u.
To be accepted into the programme, students must be recognised as high potential candidates by their institution, and undergo a rigorous series of interviews at the annual USP Careers Fair.
Meanwhile, Greg Cornwall, Coordinator of the Hotel Management Programme said these initiatives have been a great success.
“Practical experience is an essential skill in an increasingly competitive industry and it’s wonderful to see local businesses investing in its people, and consequently the future of the industry,” he said.
According to him, students learn practical skills that make them valuable to companies and they gained confidence, improved their CV, earned some money while connecting the theory with what happens in a live business.
Iulavy Rove, an intern at the Heritage Hotel in Solomon Islands, said she had a wonderful experience doing her attachment.
“It was an eye opener for me because I have never worked in a four-star hotel before. The experiences, skills and knowledge gained have indeed boosted my interest to pursue my dream to become one of the best local resort owners in the Solomon Islands in future,” she said.
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