Flying high in hospitality

  • Education
  • Sunday, 13 Feb 2005

THE Legend International College of Hospitality and Tourism (LICHT) recently held its inaugural awards presentation ceremony for its pro-management certificate and diploma students. 

A total of 38 students who had earlier completed the first module on hospitality supervision received the certificate award. 

Another three students received the diploma in pro-management. Two of these graduating students are from Legend Hotel Kuala Lumpur's food and beverage department – The Monkey Bar restaurant manager Charles Surenthran and Di-Atas Brasserie Coffee House senior assistant restaurant manager Jessy Yap Hwee Ping. The third student is Grand Seasons Hotel human resource department's Rosma Ishak.  

All three had successfully completed the seven modules at LICHT, covering topics such as hospitality supervision, managing food service operation, presentation service, purchasing for food service managers, controlling cost in food service and managing hospitality marketing. They are now recognised as pro-management professionals according to guidelines laid down by the Educational Foundation of National Restaurants Association in the United States.  

The pro-management certificate and diploma programmes represent an innovative way of allowing staff in the hospitality industry to work and study to upgrade their skills at the same time. The diploma programme takes about 18 to 20 months to complete. 

Of the total 41 graduates in both the certificate and the diploma programmes, nine are staff of Grand Seasons Hotel whilst the rest are staff of Legend Hotel, working in various departments including food and beverage, housekeeping, engineering, human resource, security and front office.  

The certificates were presented by Metroplex Holdings Sdn Bhd vice-president Mandy Chew, who also sits on LICHT’s Board of Governors. Also present at the ceremony was its vice-president of operations Tiu Kwe Yee. 

LICHT currently offers five courses in hospitality – a Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism, Diploma in Culinary Arts, Diploma in Pro-management, a Hospitality Industry Apprenticeship Training (HIAS) programme, and a public programme which imparts communication skills, handling of food, baking and cake decorating, team building and telephone skills.  

Its international students come from countries as far away as Holland, China, the Maldives, Thailand, Nepal, Pakistan, Oman and Kenya. To date, a total of 600 students have graduated from the college. 

The two-year Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism, covering areas such as the management of food service outlets, accommodation, travel, leisure and recreational activities for the business and the vacationing public, offers students the chance to hone practical skills at sister companies like The Legend and Grand Seasons Hotel.  

The Diploma in Culinary Arts aims to provide students aspiring to be chefs with a sound foundation in culinary skills and food craftsmanship. 

The pro-management programme comprises five core management topics presented in seven modules, but students must be employed in a supervisory position and have at least one year of working experience before they can enrol in the programme. 

The HIAS programme trains students in accommodation practice, food and beverage service, kitchen practice and reception techniques. Upon completion of this programme, candidates are offered a one-year contract with the sponsoring hotel.  

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