Celebrating 88 participants’ success in the Hospitality Training Program

November 14, 2023

Upcoming registration days on November 18th and 19th at Hòfi Popo Rojer

WILLEMSTAD – November 13, 2023 – Recently a total of 88 course participants received their certificates as part of the Hospitality Training Program. They enrolled in courses for assistant cook, assistant bartender, waiter, or housekeeping positions. These participants completed an intensive crash coursethat provided them with essential basic theoretical and practical knowledge for entering the hospitality industry. The group consisted of 32 assistant cooks, 18 assistant bartenders, 16 waiters, and 11 participants who obtained housekeeping certificates. Additionally, a group of 11 participants representing various organizations in the hospitality industry were awarded for successfully completing the mentoring program. These individuals play a crucial role in guiding the course participants within their respective learning companies. During a pleasant ceremony, the Minister of Economic Development, Mr. Ruisandro Cijntje and Counterpart Director of the Curaçao Tourist Board, Mr. Muryad de Bruin, handed the certificates to the participants.

The assistant cook, assistant bartender, and waiter courses had a duration of 12 weeks each. Following the course completion, many participants are presently engaged in a 5-month internship at a learning company within the hospitality industry, where they receive a salary. Upon successfully completing this 5-month period, the company may extend a job offer to the participant(s) based on their performance. Additionally, the participants successfully completed the Personal Empowerment training which emphasized the enhancement of their interpersonal skills.

The Hospitality Training Program is managed by the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO) while the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB) is responsible for its implementation. The program is executed in close collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Wellbeing (SOAW), the Ministry of Education (OWCS), and private sector partners. Over the past months, several training sessions have been conducted for tourist guides, receptionists, massage therapists, assistant cook, waiters, assistant bartenders, and housekeeping. More than 30 companies are actively participating in the project as learning companies, providing participants with the opportunity to find a job in the hospitality industry. To enroll in the training program, go to www.curacaotouristboard.com/education/ or visit the upcoming Information and Registration Days on November 18th and 19th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Hòfi Popo Rojer (Barber).

CTB, MEO, SOAW and OWCS extend their congratulations to the course participants and wish them much success in the hospitality industry. 

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