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USP-Pullman partnership to benefit Nadi Hospitality Industry

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Executives of USP and Pullman following the signing of the partnership agreement.

The Hospitality and Tourism industry will benefit from the recent partnership signing between The University of the South Pacific’s (USP), Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE), and Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Fiji in Nadi on 7 June 2019.

The partnership marks an approach Pacific TAFE is taking to engage with hospitality and tourism partners in Fiji. It recognises the shared objectives of both partners, and the intention to establish, manage and protect a genuine, collaborative and cooperative relationship based on a shared vision for skills development and the growth of the hospitality and tourism sector in Fiji.

As part of the partnership, Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa Fiji will enter into a formal agreement with USP’s Pacific TAFE to allow students on attachment and internships. The Pullman Resort will provide on-site technical and professional guidance to the students on attachment and provide feedback to the institution on the experience of the attachment programme.

Professor Richard Coll, USP’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education said the partnership provided an excellent opportunity to collaborate with high industry standards and provide students an opportunity to upskill themselves.

“USP Pacific TAFE has always been of the view that our students be well prepared and be work-ready once they graduate,” Professor Coll said. “With this new partnership, we will be on our way to ensure that our students will gain hands-on experience from qualified and skilled mentors in the industry.”

He explained that USP’s Pacific TAFE would be able to evaluate and effectively identify gaps that arise through the attachment, which will then be addressed via trainings and guidance as appropriate by both USP Pacific TAFE and Pullman.

The partnership will also result in Pacific TAFE and Pullman embarking on a shared approach to develop knowledge and analysis around labour markets and skills needs for current and future hospitality and tourism needs.

“I think all of us in the hospitality and tourism industry know how important training is and we would not be here without people putting interest in our skills base,” said Pullman Nadi Bay Resort and Spa, General Manger, Warwick Kahl.

“For us to welcome the USP agreement into the core family as well and we have got Novotel and Mecure which is fantastic – we got our Sofitel so I am very happy to be one of the first to work in partnership and I think it is going to be very rewarding,” he added. 

Similar comments were shared by Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer who stated that the partnership will allow both partners to act as champions and advocate for each other and more importantly for the Hospitality and Tourism sector in Fiji and the Pacific region.

“It will further allow both parties to maintain a commitment to skilling and upskilling and increasing the productivity of workers across Nadi and Fiji in promoting the socio-economic development benefits of the tourism industry,” he added.


This news item was published on 14 Jun 2019 08:05:12 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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