Mövenpick Maldives, UNICEF team up to train Maldivian youth for hospitality jobs

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives and UNICEF have signed an agreement to advocate for children’s rights, support skill development and foster career-exploration in the hospitality industry for the Maldivian youth.

Maciej Gruszecki, General Manager of Mövenpick Maldives, and Dr Munir Safieldin, UNICEF Representative to the Maldives, formalised the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at a signing ceremony on October 6 at the resort. Witnessing the occasion were members of the Noonu Atoll Council, principal of the school in the neighbouring island of Manadhoo. and the resort’s management team.

Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives is the first resort in the Maldives to collaborate with UNICEF to provide opportunities for young locals to acquire skills and experience and improve their employability in the Maldives’ growing tourism industry.

“We are privileged to partner with UNICEF in helping local youth by offering an avenue in which they can shape their future,” Maciej Gruszecki, General Manager of Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

“As part of a global leading hospitality group, we feel strongly about our obligation to contribute to the growth and development of our local community. Sharing our time and expertise by opening our doors to youths wishing to pursue a career in the tourism industry is something that we believe will have a very positive impact.”

Suitable candidates, identified by UNICEF, will receive hands-on training through a six-month vocational training programme or a 12-month, paid apprenticeship scheme at the Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives.

Building the right skills for the current work environment is key and training for ethics, customer relations, interpersonal skills, and the English language is vital to give young people the required edge to be employed in the challenging hospitality industry of the Maldives.

During the course of the programme, candidates will have the chance to work in different departments, including front office, housekeeping, food & beverage, and the culinary brigade, whilst receiving mentoring from various department heads. Access to training modules will also be provided to participants in order to enhance their learning experience.

A graduation ceremony will mark the completion of the internship and apprenticeship programmes, with opportunities for students to take on permanent jobs based on their performance.

“The tourism sector is a key contributor to the Maldivian economy yet, few young Maldivians are employed in this sector. This sector has the potential to absorb many young Maldivian men and women searching for jobs. The partnership between UNICEF and the Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives aims to equip young Maldivians with the skills and work experience required for valuable jobs in the tourism sector,” Dr Safieldin, UNICEF Representative to the Maldives, said.

As part of the agreement, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives and UNICEF will also join forces to advocate for child rights through public events to mark key moments such as the World Children’s Day, International Youth Day and World Water Day, in the islands of Noonu atoll together with local communities.

The Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives and UNICEF partnership also sets out to provide safe drinking water and reading materials to selected schools in the Noonu atoll. Ensuring water security through the provision of water filters and reusable water bottles will ensure the promotion of environmentally friendly practices and reduce single-use plastic items.

Nestled on a private island in Noonu atoll, situated in the northern part of the Maldives, Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives promised serene seclusion and tropical tranquility when it opened in November 2018. As Mövenpick Hotels & Resort’s inaugural property in the Maldives, it brought a fresh perspective to the country’s hospitality scene.

The resort is designed in a contemporary style with emphasis on comfortable accommodation and a private yet stimulating resort experience. Every modern convenience is incorporated amidst desert-island luxury, reflecting Mövenpick’s renowned commitment to genuine comforts, delivered exceptionally well.

Everywhere around Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru Maldives boats superior indulgence — from 105 spacious villas each complemented with its private pool, well-appointed Little Birds’ Kids Club, stunning Sun Spa, superb gastronomic experiences and luxurious guests amenities to unparalleled under- and over-water adventures.

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