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Training to upskill students

Monika Singh
Tuesday, November 28, 2017

IN a bid to upskill and advance special needs students, a two-day in-house training session was held by Radisson Blu Resort Fiji for teachers and students on workplace readiness and expectations.

A statement from the resort yesterday said its hotel manager Julien Racine and executive housekeeper Mereoni Koroitamana held one session for teachers only to equip them with the tools required to prepare their students joining the workforce.

It said the second day exposed the students to all departments of the resort and the variety of opportunities to suit individual strengths as well as teaching basics such as personal presentation.

The resort also conducted a workshop for interview skills, behavior at work and how to make the most out of the training program.

"It was a fun and educational two-day experience for all and what better way to inject teambuilding skills than a bed making competition," said Gerard Knight, general manager of the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji.

Mr Knight said the resort was proud to highlight the special school's training in its Adopt-A-School program and its Responsible Business Committee would nourish the initiative in the years to come.

He said the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji was recognised on the global platform boasting two Carlson Asia Pacific Responsible Business Awards in three years.

According to the resort, the award presented in 2014 and 2016 is recognition of the Resorts Responsible Business efforts and the continuing community work done through its 'Adopt-A-School' program.

It said responsible business was a fundamental facet of the Radisson Blu Resort and aside from assisting the local school community with school materials, library set up, donation of tanks and infrastructure, the resort was also actively involved with the vocational and special needs schools.

The Radisson Blu Resort has chosen to lead by example as not many resort properties have pried into the field of special schools and taken proactive and sustainable measures in assisting with employment and growing opportunities.

Since the resort started its pilot training program they have enrolled nine students and hired two who initially started off as trainees.

"We are very proud of what Radisson Blu has collectively achieved, a true collaboration between the schools, Tony and Kris Bashford and our wonderful hotel manager Julien and executive housekeeper Mereoni, as well as our amazing Radisson Blu teams who work with the students every day," said Mr Knight.

Meanwhile the resort's training program is designed to integrate special needs students into the workplace.

The resort management says the training program had been a great success as the Radisson Blu Resort is now on to its third round of students who are completing workplace training in housekeeping and grounds.

Even more exciting, the Radisson Blu Resort has been a beacon of inspiration leading the way for two other resorts on Denarau and one industrial organisation who will be hiring a special needs student as a data clerk.

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