Al Baleed Resort Salalah has partnered with the National Hospitality Institute (NHI) in Muscat as part of its commitment to developing future Omani hospitality leaders.
The plan is in line with Oman’s shift to diversifying its economy and boosting tourism, NHI works with local companies to raise funds for the training of budding hoteliers, all of whom have not had the opportunity to attend college or university.
James Hewitson, general manager, Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara said: “We are making every effort to put multiple initiatives in place to increase the search and recruitment of Omani citizens and this new partnership has already attracted a huge amount of interest from the local labour force.
“We are proud to be the first hotel in Salalah to introduce the scheme and look forward to giving the local community the opportunity to prosper and grow at our resort, whilst also providing them with the chance to travel and expand their skill set within the Anantara family as it continues to grow across the region.”
During the first four to six months, the students participate in class-based theoretical and practical training with the NHI before they spend time at Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara.
After selecting a specific department to work in, whether it is housekeeping, front of house, waitressing or in the kitchen, the students will receive on-the-job training, allowing them to experience every aspect of the role, first hand.
Once the training has been completed and the students receive their National Vocational Qualification, they will be hired full-time by the resort, helping to address unemployment amongst local citizens and encourage the development of the tourism industry.