|Learning for life|
|Friday, 06 January 2012 11:09|
Holiday guests at the Grace Bay Club and Veranda Resort were served by the next generation of tourism talent, and if their performance is any indication, the future of tourism in the Turks and Caicos looks bright.
Improving their skills, learning new techniques and broadening their horizons while earning a little pocket change were reasons given by the 14 youths for spending their holiday break from school interning at the two Grace Bay Resort (GBR) properties.
Eleven students from the Clement Howell High School spent three weeks working as wait staff at the various restaurants at the Veranda. They worked six days a week from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Although the students found the work challenging, and getting up early during their school break not a favourite, they enjoyed the work experience.
Guests also enjoyed the service by the interns.
“Seeing the young interns working at Veranda was most heart-warming,” one guest commented. “It is so important to ‘give back’ and help our youth.”
“We are trying to cultivate interest in the hospitality industry among the youth in the community so we have a pool of youth to draw on in the future,” he explained.
Mills says the company is not only talking the talk, but walking the walk when it comes to identifying talent from a young age and grooming them for the future. Jeff Charles, a fifth form student at Clement Howell, worked in the kitchen at the Veranda during his three-week school break.
He is following in the footsteps of his father, who is a local chef. Jeff was mentored by the chefs in the kitchen at the Veranda, where he says Chef Pedro taught him “cool stuff,” like different and faster ways of cooking.
“It is extremely difficult to attract chefs to the industry,” Mills says. “We want to use (Jeff) as an example to attract others.”
Mills also called in Krystal Turner to intern in the Human Resources Department at the Grace Bay Club. Krystal believes the skills she learned will help her someday as a Crime Scene Investigator.
“I am learning how to record and file things, which I believe will be very helpful in my future career,” said Turner, a first year student at the Turks and Caicos Community College.
She also pointed out that the skills required to make guests and other staff feel comfortable will be useful when she performs investigations someday.
|Last Updated on Friday, 06 January 2012 11:15|
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