Sutera Harbour Resort’s 21 special trainees hailing from various places from Sabah’s rural areas, completed their Sutera Harbour Resort Rural Youth Hospitality Programme 2018 when they received their certificates on 8 November 2018.
Held at the Grand Ballroom The Pacific Sutera Hotel, the graduation ceremony was officiated by Assistant Minister of Education and Innovation YB Jenifer Lasimbang.
Also in attendance were Group CEO Gilbert Ee, Deputy Chief Executive Officer Gerard Tan, Group Director Human Resource and Training Aldana Kimin and Chief Assistant Director of Sabah State Human Resource Development Department Celestina Aron.
The tailored programme lasted six months and it focused on hands-on hospitality training that comprised theory, soft skills training and practical learning in the hospitality industry.
Head of Programme, Aldana said standard quality skills must be developed in order to meet the industry demands.
“The programme course designed to expose and train participants in various modules. It will not only give our Sabahan youths the skills, knowledge and the standard hospitality industry technique; but also to ensure that they have access in the marketplace,” she said.
Aldana also stated that the programme will continue in the effort to promote hospitality as a preferred profession for the youth.
“We are committed to see that youths are given the skills, resources and opportunities to succeed. We are happy to announce that 80 per cent of the participants have been absorbed as permanent associates here in Sutera Harbour Resort,” she said.
She reiterated priority was given to participants from less advantage family as well as from single parent family background to provide them the opportunity to improve their future.
Annesia Anthony, speaking on behalf of her fellow trainees, said that being able to be part of this programme was a huge honour for all of them.
During their 6-month training, they not only learned the skills pivotal as a hospitality industry member but also gained the knowledge of being able to think as well as improve their maturity.