Barbadian Theo Rock has been selected among a batch of 27 employees of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) for management training.
The lead technician of Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados, who joined the company in 2015, will be training in the Engineering stream. He and the other 26 were recruited from among 138 applicants across the region to join the company’s competitive and robust Management Trainee Programme (MTP).
Committed to investing in the development of young people across the Caribbean and continuing to strengthen its succession planning strategy Sandals Resorts International has, since 2012, recruited over 100 trainee managers to participate in the programme.
Rock said he applied for the programme because he wants to become a chief engineer, to be able to teach people and help them develop, as well as to better understand the concept of leadership.
“Sandals has invested a lot in me and allowed me to pursue numerous training opportunities. So I’m looking forward to giving back all they’ve given to me,” he said.
“The orientation period alone showed me just how much this company invests into building new leaders and how important the MTP is to the company. All the senior executives took time out of their schedule to meet and speak with us.”
The MTP prepares both new hires and existing team members for exciting management and leadership roles throughout the company. Trainees are exposed to strategic hands-on training through rotations in various departments at a number of the company’s resorts throughout the region.
This year’s trainees, the fifth cohort to benefit from the programme since its reintroduction in 2012, include nationals from Jamaica, The Bahamas, Barbados and St Lucia, who are being groomed to become managers in specific divisions. The divisions include the butler, Club Sandals, Engineering, Entertainment, watersports, food and beverage, housekeeping, sales, Resort Shop, Red Lane Spa and Weddings. Those pursuing Engineering will be enrolled in the programme for three years while all others will be enrolled for two.
In the first phase, trainees will be exposed to the operations of all departments. The second will see them receiving targeted training in their area of specialization. They will work closely with managers throughout the duration of the programme and will be exposed to all aspects of leadership and management. In addition, the trainees are required to complete a number of courses, projects and programmes.
Having completed a one-week orientation, which included sessions with senior company executives as well as personal and professional development training, the 27 trainees, among them Jardine Vassell, the company’s reigning team member of the year and Jamer Georges, her predecessor, have now been assigned to their first rotation.
Adam Stewart, SRI’s deputy chairman, said the programme was an illustration of the company’s commitment to investing in and providing opportunities for young people across the region.
“The talent that exists in our resorts and our communities is impressive. We are committed to identifying these talented young people, providing them with opportunities for growth and development and helping them to find and pursue their passions. The Management Trainee Programme is one of the initiatives I am most proud of because I have seen how it has changed the lives of countless young people across the region,” he said.
“This programme is an investment in our team members, an investment in the young people of the Caribbean and ultimately an investment in the region’s hospitality sector. We are resolute in our commitment to developing our human resources and I am excited for the new trainee managers who have embarked on this life-changing journey.”
The new recruits will join an existing cohort of trainees who are now transitioning into phase two of their programme and the company intends to host another recruitment exercise in January 2019. (PR)