Turks and Caicos, July 13, 2017 – Providenciales – Over 100 enthusiastic students have been selected to join the Beaches Turks and Caicos Resorts Villages and Spa summer intern program which is a part of the company’s work study program aimed at providing students with work experience in the hospitality industry.
The new interns were selected following a rigorous recruitment exercise and have since been placed in various departments within the company working in Public Relations, Cost Control, Environmental Health Services and Concierge just to name a few.
The initiative is part of the company’s long standing commitment to assisting in the growth and development of the youth of the Turks and Caicos Islands providing practical experience to those who wish to venture into hospitality and related fields.
Interns range from high school graduates to college students and include first time interns and returnees.
Deleria Simms, assistant human Resources manager for Beaches TCI said the program has been very successful over the years. “We recruited a total of 106 interns. Our goal is to introduce the students to the hospitality industry with the hope of developing a labor pool from which we can pull on in the future and we focus on developing skills as well as actual learning as opposed to just providing them with a summer job. Even our application process is designed to assess their interview writing skills and to develop their interviewing skills.”
Simms said the interns were informed on best practices, hospitality standards and conduct during their training.
Guerta Toussaint who is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management at Broward College in Florida said she was excited to be returning home to gain experience in her field of study. “I am looking to gain experience in the field. I did want to spend the summer doing something constructive that would give me field experience. I’m excited to be able to foster experience in supply chain management. I’m excited to learn more about my field by actually doing it.”
Tajh Missick a second year Computer Studies student at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College was also elated about the program, stating; “I don’t really think of it as a job, I look at it as a learning experience because you learn a lot by interacting with the guest and the employees.”
The Internship program is facilitated in part by the Human Resources Department and the Training Department of the Resort. Successful applicants have the option of returning during holidays to intern with the company and are given special consideration for full time employment in the future.
Monique Graham- Training Manager at BTC remarked, “Internship is always good because what it does is it helps team members understand what the working world is like so they are better able to transition from high school into the real job and it also helps them to have some savings to help their parents for back to school. For persons who have a greater career expectation, it gives them a true exposure of what the hospitality industry is like so they know if this is what they want to do for the future or this is not what they want to do.”
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