Fiji Marriott Momi Bay 20 July 2022 – On Friday the 15th of July the first class of the Marriott Training Academy, held at Fiji Marriott Momi Bay, celebrated the completion of their two-month hotel operation training. Graduating with a 95% success rate, the Graduating Class of April 2022 consisted of 38 candidates from local villages selected from the Land Owners Community (LOC).
Over 150 applications were received from which 40 successful candidates were shortlisted and they then undertook an 8-week course learning the tricks of the trade from the island’s hospitality experts. The group immersed themselves in different disciplines that included Front Office, Housekeeping, Food and Beverage and Kitchen and Steward.
Upon receiving their completion certificate, the department trainers and LOC ensured the 38 successful graduates had demonstrated a wide range of skills and were knowledgeable in each training category. The class are now competent in a variety of service areas including Front Office as guest service agents and porters, housekeeping and public area cleaning attendant, service team across all 5 of the resort’s food and beverage outlets and positions as a commis chef or stewarding.
“We hope what you achieved today will enable you to go back to your different villages and continue to do something that we aspire to see in the next few years. We hope we achieve our target from an FNPF perspective. We are not only going to invest in Momi Bay, but we are also looking at how impactful our investment can be to the community” said Na Tui Nalolo, Ratu Kini Vosailagi, LOC representative.
The overall success of the program has provided several graduates with exposure to job opportunities, within the resort itself. With the tourism and hospitality industry rapidly growing, others are expected to see employment offers come through when an opportunity arises in Fiji or internationally.
“I really want to thank you for your willingness to learn, tenacity, hard work and of course your hospitality to create memorable experiences for our customers. We have 5 candidates in front of me, 3 in kitchen and 3 in stewarding already have a job. After two extremely challenging years, we must be all grateful to see Fiji so busy again. Last month over 62,000 visitors arrived in Fiji and we are on a solid recovery also for our resort and for July we expect a record month.” said Silvano Dressino, General Manager of Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.
Marriott International’s academy endeavours to provide opportunities in an environment that encourages personal and professional development. Through an integrated approach with different techniques and training from department leaders, Marriott will continue to put learning and development at the forefront of its career program.
The five-star resort offers the only over-water bungalows on the mainland of Viti Levu, where families or couples alike can experience a luxurious getaway complemented with world-class service. Travellers can expect to be treated with the best of service from the heart, a core Marriott service culture.