Partnership to benefit Nadi Hospitality and Tourism Industry
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(L-R) Dr. Hasmukh Lal, USP Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer,and Ms. Farrah Shazleen, Marriot International (Fiji), Cluster Director Human Resources, after the signing of the partnership agreement.
The partnership marks an approach Pacific TAFE is taking to engage with hospitality and tourism partners in Fiji. The approach to partnership recognises the shared objectives of 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, Marriot International (Fiji) and Six Senses (Fiji) will enter into a formal agreement with USP Pacific TAFE, to allow students on attachment and internships.
The Marriot International (Fiji) and Six Senses (Fiji) 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.
Dr. Hasmukh Lal, Chief Executive Officer, USP, said the partnership provided an excellent opportunity to collaborate with high industry standards and provide the students an opportunity to upskill themselves.
“We are expanding our partnership with the industry partners in the area of tourism and hospitality and we are thankful to the Marriot International (Fiji) and Six Senses (Fiji) for taking our students on attachment,” Dr. Lal said.
“We have got plans to work with Marriot and Six Senses in terms of broader partnership. The strategic reason to establish Nadi Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre is to better serve the tourism market in Nadi and we see huge potential in terms of the industry academia collaboration in this space.”
Ms. Farrah Shazleen, Marriott International (Fiji), Cluster Director Human Resources, said it was a win-win situation for both partners as tourism was a thriving industry as the amount or the level of tourists coming to Fiji on a daily basis was increasing.
(L-R) Dr. Hasmukh Lal, USP Pacific TAFE Chief Executive Officer, and Ms. Sharon Naidu, Six Senses (Fiji), Director Human Resources, after the signing of the partnership agreement.
“We just completed the ADB conference and it was a massive success for all the hotels that we have in Fiji. All the functions that happen in Fiji, basically at every level we need new talents who are able to serve the guests,” she said.
She further commented that the students would benefit the most out of the partnership as they would be job-ready and it helps the industry as well as the students have the practical and theoretical knowledge.
Meanwhile, Ms. Sharon Naidu, Six Sense (Fiji), Director Human Resources, said the USP Pacific TAFE students had the willingness to learn and adopt to the tourism and hospitality environment.
“Basically Six Sense Fiji selected four students from USP Pacific TAFE as intern. The idea here is to mold them based on our brand standards and we have seen them actually embrace them really well,” she said.
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