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Tourism Ministry and DOT sponsor hospitality courses

Local News 29 Oct, 2021 Follow News

Tourism Ministry and DOT sponsor hospitality courses

Two new courses are being launched by the Ministry of Tourism and Department of Tourism to provide industry-specific training for Caymanians. The Shaker International Bartenders and American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Front of House courses are taught by Wineschool3 and are aimed at elevating the Cayman Islands tourism experience.

As part of the DOT National Tourism Training Programme, 41 Caymanians will be offered the exclusive opportunity to attend these courses in partnership with Wineschool3. These accredited courses will be free of charge and offered to qualifying Caymanians who either wish to launch a career or develop their skills in the drinks and hospitality industry.

The Shaker International Bartenders course includes practical skills and the theoretical knowledge required for professional bartending either in bars, restaurants and hotels. The syllabus includes five modules which covers the mechanics of bartending, customer service, beer, wine and champagne service and cocktail mixology.

Participants, who will be provided with bar tending kits to complete the course, must be over the legal age for drinking alcohol (18 years old) and meet the qualifying criteria to be considered. Students will be required to attend at least 80% of the sessions and pass the WSET exams to obtain international certificates, which is a recognised qualification in the Cayman Islands.

The bartending training will be open to 16 Caymanians (proof of citizenship required) and will begin on 8 November for 12 days, running from Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm (off Sunday).

The Front of House training course focuses on training students to offer an outstanding dining experience with the highest level of professionalism. The course is designed to facilitate ‘work ready’ hospitality employees who can build a career in the service industry while enhancing Cayman’s Tourism product.

The syllabus includes a variety of topics to ensure that individuals possess a broad scope of skills needed for the fast-paced hospitality industry. This includes meeting and greeting guests, restaurant server training, service sequence, kitchen safety guidelines, sanitation regulations, up-selling and more.

The Front of House Server Training will be open for 25 Caymanians (proof of citizenship required) and will run for five consecutive days from 22 November, 9am to 5pm.

Course and registration details

For full course details and syllabus of both the Shaker International Bartenders and Front of House courses are taught by Wineschool3 visit www.wineschool.ourcayman.ky Interested participants must complete the online application form at www.wineschool.ourcayman.ky

The registration deadline for both courses is Thursday 3 November 2021 5pm, following which a screening process will take place to select the successful candidates.

The Minister for Tourism, Kenneth Bryan, said: “As we continue working towards reopening our borders and inviting visitors back to our island, it is imperative that we also continue to upskill our employees in the tourism sector. Job opportunities will be opening up for Caymanians who wish to work in hospitality and having this type of accredited certification will be an added advantage. I encourage persons who are interested in enhancing their skills or joining the industry to register for these courses so that we can have more Caymanians directly engaged with delivering exceptional tourism experiences for our visitors.”

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