Form­ing the Fu­ture in Puerto de la Libertad

Excelencias from the Caribbean & the Americas - - Gastronomi­a / Gastronomy - TEXT & PHO­TOS BY CHEF ERWING LÓPEZ

Of­fi­cially in­au­gu­rated on Fe­bru­ary 15, 2017, the first “Es­cuela de Ca­pac­itación Turís­tica del Puerto de La Libertad, ESCATUR” (Tourist Train­ing School of Puerto de La Libertad) is a project that aims to sup­port the tourism and so­cial RE­CIP­I­ENT OF THE 2017 EX­CE­LEN­CIAS AWARD, THE PROJECT OF­FERS YOUNG PEO­PLE IN THE AREA A COM­PRE­HEN­SIVE TRAIN­ING TO IN­COR­PO­RATE THEM INTO THE TOURISM SEC­TOR de­vel­op­ment of Puerto de La Libertad, specif­i­cally fo­cused on the train­ing of youths in the coastal zone of La Libertad and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of San Luis Talpa, of La Paz.

The school of­fers an In­te­gral Qual­i­fy­ing Course on Tourist Ser­vices that trains fu­ture spe­cial­ists in gas­tron­omy and cock­tails; skills that are com­ple­mented with knowl­edge of English for tourist ac­tiv­i­ties, com­put­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal cul­ture.

For the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal train­ing, Escatur has the sup­port of the best ho­tels and restau­rants in the area; this guar­an­tees that the stu­dents do later their in­tern­ships at these com­pa­nies and fa­cil­i­tates their fu­ture job al­lo­ca­tions. At this time, Escatur as­pires to con­tinue its noble ef­forts by find­ing donors and own funds to func­tion, as the cour­ses are free for stu­dents.

To date, the school has trained around 400 spe­cial­ists in the dif­fer­ent work­shops, and of these, more than 45% of the grad­u­ates have been as­sim­i­lated by lo­cal ho­tels and restau­rants, and some even by fa­cil­i­ties in the city of San Sal­vador; a high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate that the project proudly shows.

In its cul­tural train­ing pro­gram, Escatur also hosts one aimed at pro­mot­ing the dif­fer­ent tal­ents and skills of women in the area.

The school has al­ready held five gas­tro­nomic fes­ti­vals and par­tic­i­pated in three in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­vals of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of El Sal­vador, (Ca­marsal). Its stu­dents also at­tend ac­tiv­i­ties of the Min­istry of Tourism of the coun­try such as Tourism Co­op­er­a­tion Fo­rums, “Liv­ing Villa” Fairs, sem­i­nars, cour­ses and work­shops. The project has also shown its achieve­ments in for­eign events such as the In­ter­na­tional Tourism Fair of Madrid.

Los egre­sa­dos cuen­tan con ha­bil­i­dades y con los conocimien­tos nece­sar­ios para su de­sem­peño en el es­ce­nario in­ter­na­cional. / Grad­u­ates have the nec­es­sary skills and ex­per­tise to pro­vide the best of ser­vices in the in­ter­na­tional scene.

La es­cuela ha de­sar­rol­lado cinco fes­ti­vales gas­tronómi­cos. / The school has wel­comed five gas­tro­nomic fes­ti­vals.

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