GATWICK DIAMOND STEPS UP HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT TRANING PROVISIONS

17 September 2010

This autumn sees the launch of the Gatwick Diamond region’s first hotel management training programme. With the UK’s second busiest airport on its doorstep, and high-speed transport links to both central London and the south coast, the Gatwick Diamond area boasts a thriving hotel and leisure industry, with over 125 hotels operating in the area.

This autumn sees the launch of the Gatwick Diamond region’s first hotel management training programme. With the UK’s second busiest airport on its doorstep, and high-speed transport links to both central London and the south coast, the Gatwick Diamond area boasts a thriving hotel and leisure industry, with over 125 hotels operating in the area.

Until recently, local hoteliers struggled to provide training for their management teams, many of whom have been promoted from grass-roots positions into their first management role, and who require support from their company in order to improve and develop their skills.

With Government funding no longer available to support such training needs, John Donaldson, Executive Director of the Arora group, approached Dr Russell Strutt, CEO and Principal of Central Sussex College, to design and develop a training solution. Philippe Rossiter, CEO of the Institute of Hospitality (IOH) was brought in as a key partner on the project, as the IOH have recently designed a new suite of management training programmes for the industry.

The collaborative nature of the programme helps to provide the necessary economies of scale to access appropriate training at a reasonable cost, i.e. by several hotels placing their employees on a joint programme. Rosemary French, Executive Director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, views the programme as a positive move for the region: “The development of this programme is a prime example of an industry working together across the Gatwick Diamond to provide an innovative way of satisfying training needs. We hope that other key sectors in the region are inspired by this success to work together to encourage growth during the current economic climate.”

Local Hospitality industry professionals may study the Level 3 Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management, at the College’s Crawley campus.

 
Click Here to Upload An Event