Celebrations were in order on Saturday at the graduation ceremony for 38 apprentices from Four Seasons’ apprenticeship programme.
It was the largest class to graduate since the programme began in 2001. Now in its 12th year, the Four Seasons Resorts Maldives Apprenticeship is the longest-running and most successful apprenticeship programme in the Indian Ocean.
Four Seasons Resorts Maldives’ Regional Vice President, Armando Kraenzlin, said: “We are truly proud of our Hospitality Apprenticeships and the bright young individuals that graduate each year. It is a privilege to champion enthusiastic Maldivians eager to begin their hospitality career; an undertaking that goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to the local community and the authentic experience at the heart of both Resorts.”
The ceremony took place in the presence of Mr Ahmed Adheeb Abdul Ghafoor, Minister of Tourism and Dr Aishath Shiham, Minister of Educationat the National Art Gallery in Male’.
23 apprentices from Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru and 15 from Four Seasons Resort Kuda Huraa were honoured in total.
The special event also marked the inauguration of 62 new apprentices into the Class of 2015, paving the way for another record-breaking year ahead. A new discipline added for 2015 is the Marine Discovery Apprenticeship, which will earn successful graduates a Diploma in Marine Biology.
This year’s recruitment drive saw senior Four Seasons staff visit 18 islands and interview 416 locals from a total of 77 different islands in search of eager young Maldivians for the year-long course – recognised in 2010 as the Maldives first TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) certified Apprenticeship scheme.
The programme is open to male and female Maldivians, aged 17 to 20, who meet a number of entry criteria including O-level certifications and fluency in both written and spoken English. No previous work experience is required and apprentices both live and work at Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, training in resort operations five days per week, with theory classes one day per week. Performance appraisals and tests are taken at regular intervals across the offered disciplines of Food & Beverage Preparation or Service, Safe Maritime Transport & Engineering, Housekeeping, Guest Services & Front of Office, PADI Dive Master, Water Sports Attendant and, new for 2015, Marine Biology.
Applicants interested in applying for the Apprenticeship Class of 2016 should contact [email protected] for details of future recruitment procedures.