As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting the local environment and community, Four Seasons Safari Lodge has partnered with the Serengeti Tourism College (SETCO) to provide training opportunities, interview coaching and work placements for the class of hospitality students.
SETCO, a non-government institution based in the township of Mgumu, provides professional training in tourism and hospitality management to youths living in poor families and orphans from the nearby regions. With a choice of subjects ranging from front office operations to tour guiding and driving, housekeeping and food and beverage, students are able to complete a one or two year course (depending on area of study) following which SETCO assists them to find permanent employment in tour companies, lodges, hotels and camps across the country.
In support of SETCO, Four Seasons welcomed all 40 students to the Lodge in November for a tour of the property and behind-the-scenes insights of daily operations. Additionally, all of the students were given the opportunity to test their interview skills with managers from various operational divisions. The ten top performers were selected to spend three weeks on a work placement at the Lodge over the Christmas and New Year period.
Lodge Manager, Martin Cody, says: “Our partnership with SETCO is a fantastic opportunity for us to support the future of Tanzanian hospitality. It was a privilege to have all 40 of the students to visit our property and to help guide them on their career journeys, with us able to offer our personal insights into the various areas of operations that they are studying. For many of the selected students, the placement with our Lodge was the first time they had worked in an operational hotel. This meant there was a lot of new information, but their enthusiasm was boundless and they were a much-appreciated addition to our team during a peak holiday period.”
The students working on placement at the Lodge covered a variety of positions, including Housekeeping, Laundry, Kitchen, Stewarding, plus one who joined the Maasai warriors in Security. With a new class of students due to enrol in 2015, Four Seasons Safari Lodge will continue its partnership with SETCO to support the development of local hospitality training.More posts from February 2015