Employability is an important measure of success for higher education providers, as echoed by Quacquarelli Symonds who state that: “Ensuring that students are well-equipped for post graduate work, in their chosen faculty, is a key aspect of higher education”. The quality of graduates entering the workforce acts as a barometer for employers when judging where to find the best talent – this can build positive market positions for particular higher education institutes, with employers feeling they acquire quality graduates from that school.
Over the next ten years, the hospitality sector is set to see the competition for employment intensify. In October 2019, Sean O’Neill commented in a Skift report that “employment growth for the hospitality sector will be cut by roughly half over the next decade, due to government forecasts”. He goes on to say that “hoteliers will look to boost the productivity of their workforce through training”.
How do we address this and how do students ensure they acquire the skills and competitive advantage they require to secure jobs within the sector?
The optimal place to begin is by reviewing the industry to benchmark their processes and how they develop their employees and bring this into the classroom. Many of the world’s leading hotel companies have a clear focus on training and development, which is delivered in a variety of ways including certifications and simulation courses.
These are areas Russell Partnership Technology have significant experience with. For example, the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) delivered in partnership between STR and AHLEI – this program seamlessly bridges the gap between industry and education, preparing students for the reality of working life. The Hospitality Business Acumen program developed and delivered by Russell Partnership Technology focusses on different areas to the CHIA and is another initiative that can be brought into the classroom to enhance learning and development.