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Career avenue in tourism-hospitality for Young Bangla members

Following the success of placements in the first ever internship program combining public and private sector in Bangladesh, Young Bangla has expanded its Vision 2021 Internship program to the tourism and hospitality management industry.

In the first slot of the 3rd phase of the Vision 2021 Internship Program in January 2018, Young Bangla placed 30 of its members into the Supporting Education and Skills Development Investment Programs (SESIP). They are now being given theoretical and hands-on training on food and beverages production and cooking, and service and housekeeping at the Unique Professional Development Academy for Training and Education.

The Unique Professional Development Academy for Training and Education is a sister concern of Unique Group Limited that operates WESTIN, one of the biggest 5-star hotels in Bangladesh. This internship and training program is being jointly run by Swiss-funded non-governmental organization Skills for Employment Investment Program (SEIP) and the Government of Bangladesh’s National Skill Development Policy, which is powered by a special fund from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

“[Educated men and women] who are still unemployed should join this program. There are vast scopes in the tourism sector, both at home and abroad,” said Rubel Dhar, one of the trainees from Chittagong.

During the first two months of this 4-month training, interns will be taught the theoretical aspects of tourism and hospitality management. Over the last two months, they will gain invaluable industrial exposure by working at reputed hotels, restaurants, etc.

“We are learning the basics of food and beverage production – how to clean, how to cut, and how to cook. Hopefully, we will be able to establish my career after completing this training,” said Saima Akhter Shamu from Dhaka.

At the end of the program, participants, who are all members of Young Bangla, will be given certificates and offered jobs at hotels and tourist resorts.

“This program will provide them ample opportunities to the participants and open up a avenues for jobs in hotels, hospitals, shipping companies, airlines and other catering companies,” said Farida Ansari, CEO, UPDATE College and Institute.

As part of a partnership commitment with UPDATE, Young Bangla has been asked to screen and recruit 30 out of the 60 participants of this training program.

“Young Bangla, as the leading youth platform of the country, is committed to explore and open up every opportunity on offer that the enterprising youth may avail,” said Israt Farzana, research officer at Young Bangla secretariat Centre for Research and Information (CRI).

The second phase of this training and internship program is scheduled to begin in April 2018. The participants of the ongoing program will be awarded certificates during a ceremony in Dhaka in May.