Hilton Worldwide has recently opened the Hilton Vocational Training Centre at the Hilton Naypyitaw in Myanmar’s capital city.
The American hotel chain said the facility aims to develop the next generation of hotel operations leaders and meet the demand for young talent in the country’s booming hospitality and travel industry.
The Hilton Vocational Training Centre will offer 24-month training programs in the areas of food and beverage operations, front office, culinary and housekeeping.
According to Helen Jacobe, cluster general manager for Hilton Naypyitaw and Hilton Resort & Spa Ngapali Myanmar, the Hilton Vocational Training Centre now has 40 trainees who are going through intensive classroom and practical sessions with a team of multinational teachers.
Upon completion of the program, successful graduates will be awarded a Diploma that is certified by the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism as well as offered employment with Hilton properties in various locations.
“It is our responsibility as seasoned industry professionals and members of a global hospitality leader to help groom this next generation of talent within our communities. The Hilton Vocational Training Centre provides world-class and hands-on training to develop the potential of Myanmar people who have the talent and ambition to grow in the hospitality and tourism industry with Hilton in Myanmar and beyond,” Jacobe said.
Last year, Myanmar attracted 3.08 million international tourist arrivals. This year, Myanmar is expected to attract five million. Although these government-provided figures are questioned by experts.
“As demand grows faster than the development of talent, the need to boost and maintain the standards of visitor experience becomes ever more vital. This is why one of our first steps beyond building hotels, is to shore up our people development process through the Vocational Training Centre. We also believe that this offers us a tremendous opportunity to build the talent pool and set the benchmark in Myanmar,” she added.
Hilton entered Myanmar in 2014 through a deal with Eden Group to open five properties in Myanmar. Two hotels have since opened and rest are expected to open in the next three to four years, according to Hilton.
Source: Myanmar Business Today