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Winners In Hospitality Training Awards

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SAT 26 JULY 2003

WINNERS IN HOSPITALITY TRAINING AWARDS

The winners of the Excellence In Training Awards were announced by Michael Friend, Chairman of the Board of the Hospitality Standards Institute (HSI) at an awards dinner at the Sheraton, Auckland tonight.

Overall Supreme Award winners for Excellence in Training in the hospitality industry were the Accor Hotel Group.

In 2001, Accor, the largest hotel and tourism group in the world, launched Academie Accor in New Zealand, an in-hotel training establishment aiming to set new benchmarks in hospitality training.

The Academie Accor is open to anyone wishing to train in hospitality, as well as those already working the industry who wish to develop their skills further.

Academie Accor provides participants with the opportunity of hands-on experience and the potential for placement at one of Accor’s 100+ hotels and resorts around Australia and New Zealand.

Michael Friend says “the opening of Academie Accor as a workplace training facility in New Zealand has been a fantastic thing for the country. Not only has the group brought its international training expertise to New Zealand for the benefit of its staff, but it also embodies the spirit of the Industry Training Act by enabling employees in the industry to gain qualifications while at work.”

Best Training Provider Innovative Educators - Levin

Being a small provider in a large competitive and well funded field, Innovative Educators live up to their name and say they have focussed on a niche in the market, concentrating on sound values and a “service to the industry” attitude.

Best School Howick College – Howick

Howick College, with 2,500 students, has gone from a hospitality department teaching only 12 students three years ago, to teaching 90 students today. Students are working toward the HSI Certificate of Hospitality, level 1 and there is a strong emphasis on service. With a focus on hygiene and high quality, they are currently undergoing accreditation to teach level 2 units of work.

Best Training by an Organisation Accor New Zealand, Auckland.

Overall supreme winners, Accor were best training facility by an organisation.

Best Training by a Workplace Royal Lakeside Novotel – Rotorua

The close association between Academie Accor and HSI has resulted in all staff at Royal Lakeside Novotel being able to gain national qualifications while working on the job at no cost to themselves.

Best Workplace Assessor of the Year Tony Tou - Novotel Tainui Hamilton

Tony Tou has put training to the forefront of his department (housekeeping with 35 staff) giving staff every opportunity to develop their careers beyond the department into other area’s.

Best Tutor of the Year Paul Casson - Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin

Paul Casson is Senior Lecturer and Degree Director at Otago Polytechnic and has spent the last 15 years involved in education and training in the hospitality sector. He says he has always striven to ensure New Zealand has the best training qualifications available and has been involved in the development of local, national and international qualifications and resources.

ENDS

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