Hospitality Networking Event On February 22

February 13, 2018

The Bermuda Hospitality Institute will be holding a hospitality networking event on Thursday, February 22 at the Fairmont Southampton, with high school seniors and college students invited to attend the event.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Jamahl Simmons said, “I am here today to announce the Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism’s sponsorship and support of the BHI’s Student Network on February 22nd.

“We are pleased to support this event and other programmes being developed to get more Bermudians employed in the hospitality industry.

BHI’s Malika Cartwright, Minister Simmons and Fairmont’s Shelly Meszoly

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“In recent years many young Bermudian students have reentered the workforce through the hospitality industry, and this is in large part due to the concerted efforts by the Bermuda Hospitality Institute, the Bermuda College, the Department of Workforce Development and our industry partners.

“The Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism is committed to getting young people working in the industry and satisfied with making hospitality a career choice.

“Today, more than ever, the tourism industry has the potential to put our younger generation back to work and at the same time rejuvenate this vital section of our economy. With new hotels and restaurants set to open, we need Bermudians working in all areas of the industry.

“As outlined in the Speech from the Throne, our Government is committed to revitalise and work in partnership with Bermuda Hospitality Institute to give our students the opportunities to be trained and certified to work in the industry. We recognise that the work the Bermuda Hospitality Institute is engaged in is helping to bring students back to the industry.

“The work to get young people re-engaged and employed in the industry cannot and should not fall under the auspices of BHI alone.

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“Making sure we have young people trained – in meeting international service and standards – will take the work of industry partners and BHI. That is why we are pleased to have industry partners like the Fairmont Southampton and supporting the Bermuda Hospitality Institute.

“We need the support of all industry partners, whether it is restaurants, hotels, tour operators, entertainment and nightlife venues, to revitalise and make a career in hospitality a viable choice.”

BHI Executive Director Malika Cartwright said, “I would like to thank you all for being here today and a special thank you to Minister of Economic Development & Tourism Jamahl Simmons and the Fairmont Southampton.

“For the past eight years the Bermuda Hospitality Institute has worked with our stakeholders and partners to develop Bermudian talent in our hospitality industry.

“We have accomplished this by collaborating on training programs at Bermuda College, the Department of Workforce Development as well as programs in the primary, middle and senior schools.

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“Today we are happy to announce another collaboration with the Fairmont Southampton as we invite high school seniors and college students to a hospitality networking event on Thursday February 22nd from 1- 4pm.

“The event will take place here at the Fairmont Southampton in the Gardenia Rooms. The event will feature a panel discussion with Bermudians in the industry speaking about their experience and journey in this exciting industry and a roundtable discussion with leaders in the industry. Additionally students will have an opportunity to network and possibly be asked to interview for summer positions.

“To register email and if you have a resume we encourage you to attach it to your registration.”

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  1. somuchless says:

    You lot are so full of it. Making it sound nice and dapper. Good luck getting in. That test is pathetic.

  2. Me says:

    Does this man ever do a days work with all the show boating he does

  3. steve says:

    buyer beware…we voted for him,

  4. ROGER LAMBERT says:

    Sometimes the trip towards a career can start from something seen & done at a very young age, say 11yrs. That seen or done could come from The parent, neighbor or even the mechanic coming to their house. These could be the catalyst for that youngster to have a career a little later in life. Also in Schools back then there were Day Release programs for work: like hotels, auto garages, Plumbing businesses etc. Does this still happen nowadays? If Students still do Field Trips to places like the Aquarium, BOSS, Dockyard, then I’d encourage these same type field trips go to Our 2 Senior Schools, Bda College + Telecommunication companies, the Hotels, Govt. Departments, Construction Companies, etc from as young as the age of 11, after entering Middle School. If not already happening. Good Hospitality Article here.