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Sandals Helps Staff Pursue Degree Studies

55 Benefit From Scheme This Year.

Trevor King (right) receives his scholarship grant from General Manager of Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa Michael James for his pursuit of a Master's Degree in Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Business.
Trevor King (right) receives his scholarship grant from General Manager of Sandals Regency La Toc Golf Resort and Spa Michael James for his pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Business.

THE Sandals Corporate University (SCU) in Saint Lucia has approved almost US$35,000 in scholarships to 55 deserving team members for the year 2015-2016.

The SCU, which was launched in March 2012, continues on its mandate to provide scholarships, training, education and certification opportunities to the over 13,000 employees at all Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple resorts across the region.

This most recent disbursement forms part of the company’s unremitting challenge to its team members in Saint Lucia to employ a “change-included” mindset, through positively reinventing themselves, their resorts, communities, industry and world.

Of the scholarships allotted, Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa and Beach Resort received 21 grants, with Stacy Lamontagne from the Kitchen department being awarded US$7,000 for her pursuit of a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management at Monroe College.

At Sandals Regency La Toc, one award was handed out, also to the tune of US$7,000 to Trevor King from the Entertainment Department for his bid for an Associate Degree in Business Administration at the Australian Institute of Business.

The other 28 scholarships went to team members at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort covering a wide range of studies at various institutions.

Regional Director for Sandals Resorts International Eastern Caribbean, Andre Dhanpaul said the SCU continues to be a model to emulate in the tourism industry in the Caribbean – serving as a platform for employees at all levels to build on their practical skills with first-class education.

“Every Sandals property is a centre of excellence and our team members are always learning. We understand that in order for us as a company to grow, we must have a human resource capital armed and ready to grow with us. And as the years go by we are seeing in increase of interest from our team members to expand their levels of certification and strive to understand not only their individual functions but the overall industry operation,” Dhanpaul said.

Earlier this year Principal of the Sandals Corporate University, Dr. Phillip Brown, was among six persons honoured by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) for outstanding leadership in hospitality training and education.

Dr. Brown, who is also the Group Director for Training Standards at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), received the AHLEI’s coveted Lamp of Knowledge Award for Outstanding International Educator.

The Sandals Corporate University is designed to link its training and leadership development outcomes to the Sandals Resorts International corporate strategies and philosophies.

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