Published on : Friday, August 1, 2014
The University College of the Cayman Islands will launch its new School of Hospitality Studies in collaboration with the Cayman Islands Government and private sector businesses in the tourism industry in September.
The school, which will offer 25 students with free training in the tourism trade in its first year, already has significant industry buy-in with a host of major players involved in designing the course.
Unlike previous tourism schools in the Cayman Islands, this one will incorporate real-world work experience training at several tourism-related businesses such as hotels, restaurants, dive shops and other businesses in addition to classroom study.
After successfully completing the one-year program, students will receive an internationally recognized City and Guilds qualification, something that will give them job opportunities not only in the Cayman Islands, but also in tourism-related businesses all over the world should they wish to travel, Ritz-Carlton general manager Marc Langevin
Tourism Minister Moses Kirkconnell said the school would be a crucial component in ensuring the successes of the tourism industry – which is in the midst of a record-breaking year – and would have a real impact on the lives of Caymanians.