An exciting new project that will see local community members gain essential skills and secure long-term employment in the hospitality sector has launched in the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
Partnering with Moskito Island, Necker Island, Rosewood Little Dix Bay, Scrub Island and Bitter End Yacht Club, not-for-profit, Saira Hospitality, has established a pop-up hospitality school to support BVI locals who have found themselves unemployed or underemployed since Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“I knew I wanted to get involved with organisations in the British Virgin Islands when I saw Hurricane Irma and Maria cause such devastation in the region. Inevitably we knew there would be a time to rebuild, and we wanted to make sure we played a role,” said Harsha Chanrai, CEO & Founder of Saira Hospitality. “Through our bespoke curriculum for the BVI, we aim to enable members of local communities to gain essential skills and secure long-term employment in one of the the world’s fastest growing industries; hospitality.”
Saira Hospitality works with local communities, to provide the life, language, and industry skills needed to gain long-term employment in the lifestyle and luxury hospitality industry – something that will allow locals from the BVI community to secure roles on their home islands and really insert the Caribbean spirit into the industry.
The school will accept up to 100 students from the local area to the eight-week training program, which is free of charge for accepted participants. All classes are taught by seasoned experts in hospitality and diverse educational fields, hand-selected and trained by CEO & Founder, Harsha Chanrai – even better, all trainers of the program are local BVI residents too.
With both in class, hands on learning, and visits to the partner resorts to see hospitality in action, the holistic program includes training in sustainability, nutrition, personal finance, entrepreneurship and managerial thinking. But these aren’t the only areas prioritised – equally important to Saira Hospitality, is the personal growth and development of each student – and time will be spent with each individual student to identify personal goals, strengths and weaknesses, in order to map out career paths that encourage long-term employment.
It’s an unconventional approach to recruitment, and one that positively disrupts the hospitality industry’s long-standing tradition of importing trained professionals from overseas, large cities and other hotels – but it’s a model that not only conserves training time and salary spending, but ensures a dedicated staff of expertly trained individuals with a deep understanding of local customs, activities and geography.
The programme officially launched this week and we can’t wait to see how all the students get on in the coming months. For now though, take a look at the video above to get a feel for the project, and watch this space for more updates!
- The program in the British Virgin Islands began October 1, 2018, on two islands, Virgin Gorda and Tortola for all students. To learn more about Saira Hospitality’s programs, visit www.sairahospitality.com.