April 11, 2012
Bahamian training and education professionals/ organisations desirous of providing training services to Sandals Resorts International are now being offered an opportunity to become Sandals Approved Training Service Providers (ATSPs).
“At Sandals we are happy to work with External Training Service Providers who can help our team members achieve solid learning outcomes. With our training Division’s recent transition into the Sandals Corporate University we have had to further adopt international standards as it relates to training needs assessments, developing/choosing training solutions, assessing training delivery and assessing the achievement of training outcomes,” Said Marck Frederick Registrar of the Sandals Corporate University.
The obtaining of the Sandals approved status does not guarantee a contract award, however it is an important pre-qualification to be considered for training contract opportunities within any of the resorts. Successful applicants would be registered in the Sandals training database in the framework of the Sandals Corporate University.
In March Sandals Resort International launched its premier educational institution Sandals Corporate University.
The university, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, has already been endorsed by regional leaders including four regional government heads — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and colleague prime ministers Baldwin Spencer, Antigua & Barbuda; Hubert Ingraham, The Bahamas and Dr Kenny Anthony, St Lucia.
The university will provide certification to team members currently without formal academic qualifications, and qualified team members with an avenue to advance their education.
Through partnership with internationally recognized universities such as the Canada-based Ryerson University, the university's programs place staff on a learning pathway that can ultimately lead to master's and/or doctoral degrees.
Similar partnerships with the Western Hospitality Institute (WHI) in Jamaica will also afford employees an opportunity to obtain associate and bachelor's degrees.
April marks the official start of the first semester of Sandals Cooperate University. Team members at both of SRI’s Bahamian resorts Sandals Royal Bahamian in New Providence and Sandals Emerald Bay now have an opportunity to sign up for two courses.
As of June 30, 2012 Only Sandals Approved Training Service Providers (ATSPs) will be eligible for training contracts with Sandals Resorts International and its affiliated properties.