Youth Empowerment Programme: Sun Resorts to train 100 candidates yearly
This announcement was made at the eve of the company end of year awards, which paid tribute to star performers among the ranks of the 500 employees of Sun Resorts’ prime property Sugar Beach Resort. (Image: Company)
Mauritius-based hospitality major Sun Resorts will be training and certifying 100 candidates each year under the Youth Empowerment Programme, the company announced last evening.
Andrew Slome, General Manager (GM), Sugar Beach Resort, said, “Under this scheme, we wish to create a pool of trained people in our region whom we can eventually depend on when the need arises.”
Addressing a 100-strong audience at the occasion of the end of year awards ceremony for Sugar Beach Resort, the GM noted that the programme has already been successfully implemented on the east coast while the first candidates for the west coast were recruited in October.
Emphasizing the importance of human resources for the hospitality sector, he reiterated that, with occupancy levels reaching 75% for the year, development of adequate trained resources under the Sun Continuous Learning group initiatives would be a group priority for next year.
Philippe Cassis, the incoming CEO of Sun Resorts who comes on board from January, also graced the occasion and stressed the importance of the organizational awards as not just another trophy, but as top management’s recognition of the achievements of key staff through the year.
The glittering ceremony paid tribute to star performers among the ranks of the 500 employees of Sun Resorts’ prime property on Flic en Flac, Sugar Beach Resort.
Regaled with multiple interpretations of Mauritius’ traditional Sega dance, ranging from the traditional to the modern, and treated to a mouth-watering, multi cuisine dinner, the ceremony was a welcome break from routine for the staff invitees who found themselves in the customer’s shoes for once.
At a departmental level, the Aura Spa team won top honours, the gold award, followed by the Recreation team and Food & Beverage team which lifted the silver and bronze awards respectively.
From left to right – Andrew Slome (General Manager Sugar Beach), Bina Daby (Spa Manager & Gold Award Winner), Philippe Cassis (Sun Resorts Designated CEO), Yousouf Budullah (Group HR Manager Sun Resorts) & Viren Govinda Chetty (Executive Assistant Manager Sugar Beach).
The climax of the evening was the General Manager Award, the crème de la crème of the end-of-year awards. Spa Manager Bina Daby was again called to the stage to receive her second award of the evening, for ensuring consistent, excellent standards of operation at the Aura Spa.
Earlier this year, the Aura Spa won the country award for Best Luxury Resort Spa at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2013, an achievement indeed in the fiercely competitive hospitality sector of the island economy.
Instituted in 1996, the end of year awards are a long standing tradition in Sun Resorts, setting a benchmark in best practices in employee retention and motivation.