The right to learn

sleep July 13, 2017 13:15

By The Nation

Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has renewed its long-term partnership with Right4Children, giving more disadvantaged young people access to hospitality training and job prospects in the Middle East.



The global hospitality firm and Nepal-based NGO have agreed to run their successful Movenpick Hospitality Programme for at least another year, offering underprivileged youngsters and their families the chance to boost their living standards through skills creation and career opportunities.

Movenpick and Right4Children launched the initiative in 2009 and since then, 132 youngsters have completed the six-month training programme, on one of three tailor-made courses – Housekeeping, Culinary Services (chefs) and Food and Beverage Services (waiters).

Of those graduates, 85 per cent have secured job placements at a Movenpick property in the Middle East, with participating hotels to date located in Dubai (Ibn Battuta Gate, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Al Mamzar and Bur Dubai), Jordan (Dead Sea, Aqaba and Tala Bay) and Doha (West Bay), while others have gained employment in the local hospitality industry.

The wider impact of this programme is just as significant, with more than 650 family members of participants benefiting from the outcome of their training in terms of gainful employment with regular income.

“Right4Children aims to provide disadvantaged young people with what they need most — access to education and training. The Movenpick Hospitality Programme has achieved this goal, demonstrating the positive impact the hotel industry can make on underprivileged communities through vocational training initiatives. We look forward to nurturing more talented students and bringing them into the Movenpick family as future employees,” said Craig Cochrane, senior vice president for Human Resources, Movenpick Hotels & Resorts.

Programme graduates include Radhika Ghatri, Housekeeping Attendant at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, who was named ‘Employee of the Year’ in 2014.

“Joining the team at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach has been a life-changing experience,” Ghatri said. “It’s not only taught me responsibility, but given me the chance to meet with people from many cultures, which has improved my communication skills, and I am immensely proud of these achievements. I will always be grateful for this once-in-lifetime opportunity, which has given me and my family hope for a happy future.”

Another programme graduate, Niraj Bimali, joined Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai as a Food & Beverage trainee in May 2014 and in just three years, has worked his way up the career ladder, most recently promoted to the property’s Captain of Banquets.

“I came from an economically underprivileged background and my family could not afford higher education for me, but Right4Children supported me with vocational training, which led to a job with Movenpick,” Bimali explained.

“I have learned new skills and gained confidence, enabling me to build a career and help me and my family to live a better life.”

Movenpick’s partnership with Right4Children is part of “Shine”, the hospitality company’s global corporate social responsibility programme. Shine’s initiatives are grouped around three pillars — Environment, Employer and Social Sustainability — with Education the common focus. More information on these community-driven initiatives can be found by visiting www.Movenpick.com and www.Right4Children.org.