Baha Mar launches training academy as 6,000 employees eyed for 2018
Baha Mar announced yesterday that it has launched the Baha Mar Hospitality Academy, which will train future Baha Mar staff as well as anyone interested in going into the field of hospitality. The resort complex currently employs 3,000 workers and expects to hire 1,000 more before the end of the year.
Baha Mar said in a statement released yesterday that it is still on track to have 6,000 employees by its grand opening in April 2018.
Baha Mar President Graeme Davis said in the statement that “significant resources” have been dedicated to the academy.
“Baha Mar Hospitality Academy aims to prepare passionate Bahamians with skills and expertise for a career in the hospitality industry,” the release stated.
“The Baha Mar Hospitality Academy is a four-week program aimed at developing future hospitality professionals. The program will offer a variety of courses, including personal and professional development and customer service, as well as provide practical exposure to all areas of luxury hotel operations.
“Select courses will offer targeted training specific for careers in food and beverage, housekeeping and guests services. In addition, course content includes instruction on resume writing and interviewing to improve the chances of securing employment in the hospitality industry.”
Baha Mar said it implemented the training initiative in the lead-up to an increase in the number of associates that will be needed at the property when SLS opens before the end of the year, and when Rosewood opens shortly thereafter, in 2018.
Baha Mar’s release explained that while its recruitment exercise is “engineered to prepare potential associates for positions at Baha Mar”, it is also open to all Bahamians seeking careers in hospitality.
“Baha Mar anticipates hiring top-performing participants at the conclusion of the hospitality academy, however there is no guarantee of employment upon completion of the program,” Baha Mar’s release noted.
“All students will have access to an on-site job fair for Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, SLS Baha Mar and Rosewood Baha Mar during the four-week program.”
Many former Baha Mar employees underwent a four-month, holistic training initiative under the previous Baha Mar-funded Leadership Development Institute (LDI), which was running prior to the complex entering into bankruptcy proceedings.
“Baha Mar Hospitality Academy is representative of our commitment to The Bahamas and its people as well as their career development and well-being,” Davis said in the statement.