Two Saint Lu­cians among new batch of Man­agers to grad­u­ate from San­dals’ Man­age­ment Trainee Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Af­ter a two-year jour­ney which saw them work­ing the ranks in ev­ery depart­ment in var­i­ous re­sorts all across the re­gion, 25 par­tic­i­pants in San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional’s (SRI) Man­age­ment Trainee Pro­gramme have of­fi­cially shed the trainee ti­tle and will now move into man­age­ment roles, fol­low­ing a grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held last week­end.

The new man­agers were se­lected from a pool of 1,500 ap­pli­cants two years ago and in­clude a num­ber of Ja­maicans as well as na­tion­als from Saint Lu­cia, the Ba­hamas, Gre­nada, Bar­ba­dos, An­tigua, the Turks and Caicos Is­lands and both pre­vi­ous em­ploy­ees of the San­dals/ATL Group and new re­cruits.

The Man­age­ment Trainee Pro­gramme (MTP) iden­ti­fies and grooms out­stand­ing young re­cruits to be­come man­agers in the com­pany through a two-year pro­gramme of hands-on learn­ing and train­ing at re­sorts across the re­gion. All par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­ence ro­ta­tions through var­i­ous po­si­tions and de­part­ments across the group be­fore se­lect­ing an area of spe­cial­i­sa­tion. The MTP is the cen­tre­piece of SRI’s Man­age­ment Suc­ces­sion Plan­ning Strat­egy and is one com­po­nent of the com­pany’s on­go­ing ef­forts to in­vest in ca­pac­ity-build­ing through­out its op­er­a­tions.

Speak­ing at the grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony held at San­dals Ochi Beach Re­sort, Wayne Cum­mings, Direc­tor of Busi­ness Pro­cesses and Ad­min­is­tra­tion, him­self a prod­uct of the MTP, reaf­firmed the com­pany’s com­mit­ment to in­vest­ing in young lead­ers. “This Group is on the move,” he said. “This Group is grow­ing and for us to grow and evolve we need to in­vest in peo­ple. We need to in­vest in the new lead­ers of the Group.”

As the grad­u­ates move into their new roles within the com­pany, Cum­mings urged them to al­ways re­mem­ber their jour­ney and treat their col­leagues with re­spect. He said, “Re­mem­ber the things you went through, re­mem­ber your sub­or­di­nates. They are your col­leagues and they are even more im­por­tant than you. Have a very healthy re­spect for them as you seek to lead them.”

He also re­minded the new man­agers of the lim­it­less po­ten­tial within each of them as well as within the com­pany. “You are com­pe­tent, you are able and you are at the right place, at the right time and with the right com­pany. The jour­ney has just be­gun. We are a com­pany on the move”, he em­pha­sised.

In de­liv­er­ing his ad­dress as vale­dic­to­rian, Kent D’Hayle ex­pressed pride in both him­self and his col­leagues for suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the rig­or­ous pro­gramme. He said, “As I look into the eyes of my fel­low grad­u­ates I see and feel the sense of per­sonal pride and sat­is­fac­tion know­ing that we have com­pleted a pro­gramme which sets the stage for us to con­tinue our ca­reers as lead­ers, manag­ing a range of di­verse de­part­ments.”

In a sim­i­lar vein, An­dre Cleghorn and Danielle Da­ley, who both de­liv­ered the vote of thanks, ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the com­pany for pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to grow both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. They en­cour­aged their fel­low grad­u­ates to move for­ward with con­fi­dence and to con­tinue mak­ing their fam­i­lies and the com­pany proud.

Rochelle Cas­mir and Kevin Al­bert have now joined the man­age­rial force of San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional.

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