Al Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara has announced an overseas training programme to allow Omani staff to gain experience at other Anantara branches across the world.
With 74 Omani employees working across every department, recruiting and training talent from the local community remains a priority for the five-star resort, said a spokesperson.
James Hewitson, general manager said: “We have introduced the overseas training programme to give our Omani employees the opportunity to gain exposure to other cultures and different processes and ways of management.
“We hope it has helped to instill a strong sense of pride in their work so they can begin to progress up the career ladder. Overall, we are focused on continuing to drive Omanisation at the resort through a series of initiatives, including a recent partnership with the National Hospitality Institute (NHI), so that we can encourage local people from the surrounding community to pursue a successful career in hospitality.”
Yosra Mizouali, training manager, said: “The progamme involves hands-on training, whereby they shadow team members in their respective departments and are presented with new challenges and tasks that they’ll need to learn in order to progress.
“Our aim is for employees to return with a renewed energy and passion for hospitality so they are motivated to improve and add value to both our property and tourism within Oman.”
The announcement of the programme follows a cross-training initiative for Omani employees that took place during the pre-opening phase of the resort, with firm plans now in place to ensure this becomes a regular occurrence.
The latest batch of overseas training took place in November 2017 and saw four Omani employees embark on programmes at a selection of Anantara’s flagship resorts. The budding hoteliers worked across different departments, including security, reservations, human resources and front of house.