KDU College recently held an Open Day for those interested in the Hotel Industry Apprenticeship Scheme (HIAS). Organised by the School of Hotel and Tourism in collaboration with Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Berhad (PSMB), the HIAS was aimed at meeting the industry's demand for quality employees.
The School of Hotel and Tourism offers numerous programmes from diploma to master level and offers students an opportunity to obtain a Swiss qualification without having to go abroad.
The full day event saw approximately 200 SPM school leavers taking the opportunity to find out more about the HIAS programme which is fully funded by the PSMB.
Representatives comprising human resource and training managers from JW Marriott, Concorde, PJ Hilton, Park Royal, Shangri-la hotels, Bukit Tinggi Resort and Park Plaza International KL were also present to recruit student under the apprenticeship scheme.
Said Concorde Hotel’s Anita Selvi: “The response has been very encouraging. For the current recruitment, we are specifically looking for five candidates for kitchen services, five for housekeeping and a Mandarin-speaking guest relations officer for our Xin Cuisine Chinese Restaurant,”
The HIAS programme includes on the job training to provide students with a “real life” hotel industry experience. The curriculum combines both theoretical and practical training.
Its course structure covers accommodation practice, reception techniques, food and beverages and kitchen services. As part of the package, selected candidates or apprentices will undergo training fully funded by PSMB. Apprentices will be paid a monthly allowance of RM300-RM450 throughout the duration of their training.
Those who have passed the competency tests conducted by the National Vocational Training Council will be awarded with the Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM) Level 2.
Meanwhile the College had a graduation ceremony for students who successfully graduated from its University of New South Wales Foundation Year programme.
The students achieved 100% passes and nine out of ten gained direct entry into universities in Australia, including UNSW, the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney, and Adelaide University.
Fabian Ooi Fook Meng, a Physical Science stream student emerged as the top student with a GPA of 9.7 followed by Ker Pin Jun with 9.6. Lilian Chang was the top student in the Life Science category with a GPA of 9.3 whilst Siew Chee Keong scored 9.4 in the Commerce stream.
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