CHTA Education Foundation Wraps Largest National Training in 36-years on the Turks & Caicos Islands
PROVIDENCIALES, Turks & Caicos – A record 415 participants from the hospitality & tourism sector across the Turks & Caicos Islands have completed a 24-day intensive training program facilitated by the CHTA Education Foundation.
The training began on October 11, 2022, led by instructors Louise John and Suzanne Shillingford-Brooks. Over the course of five weeks, they provided hands-on, service-centered training for housekeepers, maintenance technicians, pool & beach specialists, grounds men, front of house team members, F&B servers and bartenders, supermarket personnel and the TCI Border Force.
The national “Caribbean Supercharged Service” training series was executed in partnership with the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA) and a milestone in both organizations’ history as the largest training project undertaken.
“The island is now ablaze with all the positive comments regarding Caribbean Supercharged Service Training!” commented Stacy Cox, CEO, TCHTA. “Our members’ feedback shows great appreciation for this timely positive energy and service focused boost that we are proud to have partnered with the CHTA Education Foundation to deliver immediately before high season. We will certainly partner with the Education Foundation again next year for more energetic, effective service magic!”
“While the foundation has a menu of standardized training programs developed for the Caribbean’s hospitality sector, what makes it so impactful is that we are able to deliver based on where the island is in its service journey,” explained Louise John, an Education Foundation trainer. “Having that flexibility increases the participants ability to grasp and quickly implement what they have learnt.”
“Heartfelt Guest Care”, “Happy Housekeepers”, “Realistic Leadership”, “F&B Knowledge & Service Basics”, “Roving Guest Ambassadors”, and “007 Secret Care Agents” were the captivating sessions delivered for a multitude of TCHTA accommodation and allied member businesses.
The Shore Club Beverages Supervisor, Raushan Smith, said his team was a mix of new employees who needed exposure to the Food and Beverage training. “We’re going to be consistent and enforce what we learned. Some of them have never done a wine tasting and now they know.”
Diane Higgs, Human Resource Manager of Ocean Club Resorts, the original condo resort on Grace Bay, was thrilled with the training for all her team. “The impact of the work by the CHTA Education Foundation trainers Louise & Suzanne will be felt for a very long time. Caribbean Supercharged Service training has been an incredible opportunity for all our team to participate; the pertinence of the message, combined with the passion and knowledge of the trainers, has encouraged, and lifted us all.”
Karolin Troubetzkoy, Chairwoman of CHTA Education Foundation said “We are incredibly proud of this milestone in our 36-year history and pleased that the Education Foundation was able to deliver a five-week comprehensive training in partnership with TCHTA and the various properties, businesses and government across the Turks and Caicos Islands. The open and honest communication with the team at the TCHTA enabled us to deliver training that met the needs of their member properties and hospitality workers that participated in the program.”
The work of the CHTA Education Foundation is made possible through partnerships with national organizations, annual fundraising drives such as the Online Caribbean Hotel Raffle, Caribbean Travel Auction, and industry sponsors.
Learn more about the CHTA EDUCATION FOUNDATION at chtaef.com.
About CHTA Education Foundation (the Education Foundation)
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (the Education Foundation) was established 36 years ago as a stand-alone 501(c) non-profit, tax-exempt organization, through which scholarships and special assistance are available for the education of Caribbean hospitality & tourism industry personnel and students pursuing careers in hospitality and tourism. The Education Foundation has awarded more than US$2.5 million in scholarships and grants to applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to the hotel and tourism industry.
About the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA)
The Turk & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association represents a wide range of members from resorts and villas to insurance companies and financial service providers, watersports operators, catering outlets, taxi drivers, artisans, and sundry tourism service providers. The Association aims to assist organizations through networking opportunities, training, promotional activities, and representation at all levels of decision-making in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the region. Through involvement and cooperation with our tourism partners, the TCHTA is dedicated to the achievement of sustainable growth in tourism for the benefit of its members and the wider community, while protecting and enhancing the unique character and environment of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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