Twenty-five PSE teachers from secondary schools are now better updated on the different courses being offered by the Seychelles Tourism Academy, the institution’s code of conduct, examination criteria, work attachment in the tourism industry, (locally and abroad), and career opportunities upon graduation of students from the Academy.
This follows a three-day sensitization workshop conducted by the Seychelles Tourism Academy. Upon completion of the workshop the twenty-five teachers were presented with their certificates by the Minister for Tourism & Culture, Alain St.Ange. Addressing the participants at the Seychelles Tourism Academy’s campus, Minister St.Ange reinforced the need of togetherness saying that it is important for the teachers to be well brief.
“I am happy that the Principal of the Seychelles Tourism Academy has been able to work with the Ministry of Education to put in place a structure to better brief students on careers in the tourism industry. It is important to say thank you because it took time and effort to guide these prospective students to job opportunities in the tourism sector,” said Minister St.Ange.
The Minister also spoke about the government’s effort to invest massively in the tourism sector.
“It is unacceptable that we have a system where we do not see more Seychellois managers working in the island’s hospitality industry. It is important that Seychelles’ pool of trained workers return to the country and invest in the industry. The new Tourism Academy of excellence being built will give training to our young people for them to eventually take up higher positions in our hotel’s management team,” said Minister St.Ange.
To conclude, the Minister reiterated the call for everyone to appreciate and to understand the tourism industry, the main pillar of Seychelles economy.
One of the workshop’s participants said the training session was an opportunity to cast away doubts on issues they had. Ms. Melissa Dick said that at the end of the three-day workshop they are more equipped to pass on information to their students. During the workshop’s closing ceremony, the Chief Executive of Seychelles Tourism Board, Elsia Grandcourt, presented airlines tickets with 21 graduates of Seychelles Tourism Academy. The 21 students have since left Seychelles for Mauritius and La Reunion on September 28 for a two-month training. Fifteen students are being trained at the Constance Academy in Mauritius and six in Lycee Renaissance and Lycee Centhor in La Reunion. The training is part of the current Memorandum of Understanding between Seychelles Tourism Academy and these institutions.
Seychelles is a founding member of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP).
PHOTOS: (Top) STB CEO Elsia Grandcourt presenting airline ticket to STA students; (Bottom) Minister Alain St. Ange presenting certificate to PSE teacher